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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Formed by hammering, stamping, or pressing: an incuse design on a coin.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. hammered or pressed in (usually on a coin)
  • n. an impression hammered or pressed (onto a coin)
  • v. To hammer or press (usually onto a coin)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Cut or stamped in, or hollowed out by engraving.
  • transitive v. To form, or mold, by striking or stamping, as a coin or medal.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To impress by striking or stamping, as a coin.
  • Hammered, stamped, or struck in; having a pattern impressed or stamped upon the surface.
  • n. An impression; a stamp, as that on a coin made by the surface upon which the object rests to be struck by the die.

Etymologies

Latin incūdere, incūs-, to forge with a hammer; see incus.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin incusus, past participle of incudere, from in- + cudere. (Wiktionary)

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