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encrust

[en-kruhst] /ɛnˈkrʌst/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
1.
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Examples from the web for encrust
  • White salt crystals encrust almost any solid object in contact with north-arm water.
  • These mussels encrust docks and boats, and can get into engine cooling systems causing overheating and damage.
  • Galvanized pipe can encrust with scale over the years.
  • Zebra mussels attach to and encrust native organisms, essentially smothering them and removing more animals from the food chain.
  • In many areas, zebra mussels encrust the bottom, making it difficult to determine the sediment texture.
  • The first is to clean up the site, compact loose surfaces and encrust exposed dust which would be available for emission.
British Dictionary definitions for encrust

encrust

/ɪnˈkrʌst/
verb
1.
(transitive) to cover or overlay with or as with a crust or hard coating
2.
to form or cause to form a crust or hard coating
3.
(transitive) to decorate lavishly, as with jewels
Derived Forms
encrustation, incrustation, noun
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Word Origin and History for encrust
v.

1640s, from French incruster, from Latin incrustare "to cover with crust," from in- (see in- (2)) + crusta (see crust). Related: Encrusted; encrusting.

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