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[en-kruhst] /ɛnˈkrʌst/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
1. Unabridged
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  • High rollers showing off their diamond-encrusted mobile phones are not part of the plan.
  • Walk into the bush in some areas and your shoes quickly become encrusted with oil.
  • The relics are housed in a magnificent sarcophagus, encrusted with jewels and embossed with gold and silver.
  • His expansive collection of precious everyday objects includes a jewel encrusted baseball and a sapphire-studded mailbox.
  • Forty thousand pounds of silver encrusted the sanctuary.
  • Archaeologists removed the encrusted lantern and x-rayed it.
  • Loggerheads are about the same size as greens but are handicapped by stubby flippers and barnacle-encrusted shells.
  • The buildings were encrusted with soot, instead of shining pink and proud.
  • The floor is blood-encrusted from years of walrus and seal hunts.
  • Close by are a diamond-encrusted conch shell and discus, his traditional accessories.
British Dictionary definitions for encrusted


(transitive) to cover or overlay with or as with a crust or hard coating
to form or cause to form a crust or hard coating
(transitive) to decorate lavishly, as with jewels
Derived Forms
encrustation, incrustation, noun
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Word Origin and History for encrusted



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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