- 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.
- to hand-dye (material) using the technique of batik.
Origin of batik
First recorded in 1875–80, batik is from the Javanese word baṭik
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- a variant spelling of batik
- 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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1880, from Dutch, from Malay mbatik, said to be from amba "to write" + titik "dot, point."
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