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[en-kaw-stik] /ɛnˈkɔ stɪk/

painted with wax colors fixed with heat, or with any process in which colors are burned in.
a work of art produced by an encaustic process.
decorated by any process involving burning in colours, esp by inlaying coloured clays and baking or by fusing wax colours to the surface
the process of burning in colours
a product of such a process

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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