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- n. lost wax
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A method of casting bronze by making a model in wax and inclosing it in plaster, melting the wax out of the plaster, and then using the latter as a mold for the bronze.
French, from cire, wax, and perdue, feminine past participle of perdre, to lose (Wiktionary)