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[ en-kaw-stik ]
/ ɛnˈkɔ stɪk /


painted with wax colors fixed with heat, or with any process in which colors are burned in.


a work of art produced by an encaustic process.

Nearby words

encarpus, encase, encasement, encash, encastré, encaustic, enceinte, enceladus, encephal-, encephalalgia, encephalasthenia

Origin of encaustic

1650–60; < Latin encausticus < Greek enkaustikós for burning in. See en-2, caustic
Related formsen·caus·ti·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for encaustic


/ (ɪnˈkɒstɪk) ceramics /


decorated by any process involving burning in colours, esp by inlaying coloured clays and baking or by fusing wax colours to the surface


the process of burning in colours
a product of such a process
Derived Formsencaustically, adverb

Word Origin for encaustic

C17: from Latin encausticus, from Greek enkaustikos, from enkaiein to burn in, from kaiein to burn
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Word Origin and History for encaustic


c.1600 (n.); 1650s (adj.), from Greek enkaustikos, from enkaiein "to burn in" from en (see en- (2)) + kaiein "to burn" (see caustic).

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