encaustic

[en-kaw-stik]
adjective
1.
painted with wax colors fixed with heat, or with any process in which colors are burned in.
noun
2.
a work of art produced by an encaustic process.

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

encaustically, adverb
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encaustic (ɪnˈkɒstɪk)
 
adj
1.  decorated by any process involving burning in colours, esp by inlaying coloured clays and baking or by fusing wax colours to the surface
 
n
2.  the process of burning in colours
3.  a product of such a process
 
[C17: from Latin encausticus, from Greek enkaustikos, from enkaiein to burn in, from kaiein to burn]
 
en'caustically
 
adv

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encaustic
c.1600 (n.), 1650s (adj.), from Gk. enkaustikos, from enkaiein to burn in (see caustic).
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Example sentences
Encaustic floor tile and ornamental plaster wall finishes mark the narrow vestibule.
The installation on exhibit is composed of thirty-two square panels of polyptych and encaustic on wood.
The dark-stained woodwork is richly carved with geometric patterns, and the floors are laid in colorful encaustic tiles.
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