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encaustic

[ en-kaw-stik ]
/ ɛnˈkɔ stɪk /
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adjective
painted with wax colors fixed with heat, or with any process in which colors are burned in.
noun
a work of art produced by an encaustic process.
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Origin of encaustic

1650–60; <Latin encausticus<Greek enkaustikós for burning in. See en-2, caustic

OTHER WORDS FROM encaustic

en·caus·ti·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for encaustic

encaustic
/ (ɪnˈkɒstɪk) ceramics /

adjective
decorated by any process involving burning in colours, esp by inlaying coloured clays and baking or by fusing wax colours to the surface
noun
the process of burning in colours
a product of such a process

Derived forms of encaustic

encaustically, 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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