[ buh-teek, bat-ik ]
/ bəˈtik, ˈbæt ɪk /
a technique of hand-dyeing fabrics by using wax as a dye repellent to cover parts of a design, dyeing the uncovered fabric with a color or colors, and dissolving the wax in boiling water.
the fabric so decorated.
verb (used with object)
to hand-dye (material) using the technique of batik.
Words nearby batik
Origin of batik
First recorded in 1875–80, batik is from the Javanese word baṭik
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Examples from the Web for batik
May sat down on the couch among the batik pillows and made a place for him beside her.Narcissus|Evelyn Scott
British Dictionary definitions for batik
/ (ˈbætɪk) /
- a process of printing fabric in which parts not to be dyed are covered by wax
- fabric printed in this way
- (as modifier)a batik shirt
Word Origin for batik
C19: via Malay from Javanese: painted
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