from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To cover or coat with or as if with a crust: tires encrusted with dried mud; legalities that were encrusted with tradition.
- transitive v. To decorate by inlaying or overlaying with a contrasting material: encrust wood paneling with ivory.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To cover with a hard crust.
- v. To inset or affix decorative materials upon a surface
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To incrust. See incrust.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See incrust, etc.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. decorate or cover lavishly (as with gems)
- v. cover or coat with a crust
- v. form a crust or a hard layer
Possibly from French incruster, from Latin incrustāre : in-, on; see en-1 + crusta, crust; see kreus- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin incrustare, from crusta 'a crust'. (Wiktionary)