from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A paint consisting of pigment mixed with beeswax and fixed with heat after its application.
  • noun The art of painting with this substance.
  • noun A painting produced with the use of this substance.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Pertaining to the art of painting with pigments in which wax enters as a vehicle, or to a painting so executed.
  • In ceramics, an arbitrary name given by Josiah Wedgwood to his attempted imitation of the painted decoration of Greek vases, the effort being to produce fired colors without the gloss of enamel.
  • noun The art, method, or practice of encaustic painting.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The method of painting in heated wax, or in any way where heat is used to fix the colors.
  • adjective (Fine Arts) Prepared by means of heat; burned in.
  • adjective (Fine Arts) painting by means of wax with which the colors are combined, and which is afterwards fused with hot irons, thus fixing the colors.
  • adjective (Fine Arts) an earthenware tile which has a decorative pattern and is not wholly of one color.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun a wax-based paint that is fixed in place by heating
  • noun a painting produced using this paint

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a paint consisting of pigment mixed with melted beeswax; it is fixed with heat after application


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

[Latin encausticus, from Greek enkaustikos, from enkaiein, enkau-, to paint in encaustic : en-, in; see en– + kaiein, to burn.]



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