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encaustic

[en-kaw-stik] /ɛnˈkɔ stɪk/
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
1650-1660
1650-60; < Latin encausticus < Greek enkaustikós for burning in. See en-2, caustic
Related forms
encaustically, adverb
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  • encaustic floor tile and ornamental plaster wall finishes mark the narrow vestibule.
  • The dark-stained woodwork is richly carved with geometric patterns, and the floors are laid in colorful encaustic tiles.
  • The installation on exhibit is composed of thirty-two square panels of polyptych and encaustic on wood.
British Dictionary definitions for encaustic

encaustic

/ɪnˈkɒstɪk/
adjective
1.
decorated by any process involving burning in colours, esp by inlaying coloured clays and baking or by fusing wax colours to the surface
noun
2.
the process of burning in colours
3.
a product of such a process
Derived Forms
encaustically, adverb
Word Origin
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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