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cire perdue

[seer per-doo, -dyoo; French seer per-dy]
noun Metallurgy.
  1. lost-wax process.
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Origin of cire perdue

1875–80; short for French moulage à cire perdue mold on lost wax
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British Dictionary definitions for cire perdue

cire perdue

  1. a method of casting bronze, in which a mould is formed around a wax pattern, which is subsequently melted and drained away
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Word Origin for cire perdue

literally: lost wax
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