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sealing wax

noun
1.
a resinous preparation, soft when heated, used for sealing letters, documents, etc.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English
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British Dictionary definitions for sealing-wax

sealing wax

noun
1.
a hard material made of shellac, turpentine, and pigment that softens when heated. It is used for sealing documents, parcels, letters, etc
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sealing wax

substance formerly in wide use for sealing letters and attaching impressions of seals to documents. In medieval times it consisted of a mixture of beeswax, Venice turpentine, and colouring matter, usually vermilion; later lac from Indonesia supplanted the beeswax. The wax was prepared by melting and stirring, and the molten mixture was poured into stick-shaped molds. The mold was then held over the envelope or document to be sealed, a candle or other flame was applied, and the resulting drop pressed with a die containing the seal

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