from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Made of or covered with wax.
- adj. Pale or smooth as wax: waxen skin.
- adj. Weak, pliable, or impressionable: waxen minds.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Grown.
- v. Alternative past participle of wax.
- adj. Made of wax; covered with wax.
- adj. Of or pertaining to wax.
- adj. Having the pale smooth characteristics of wax, waxlike, waxy.
- adj. Easily effaced, as if written in wax.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Made of wax.
- adj. Covered with wax; waxed.
- adj. Resembling wax; waxy; hence, soft; yielding.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Made of wax; covered with wax: as, a waxen tablet.
- Resembling wax; soft as wax; waxy.
- Easily effaced, as if written in wax.
- In zoology:
- Being or consisting of wax: as, the waxen cells of honeycomb.
- Like wax; waxy.
- Waxed; having wax-like appendages: as, the waxen chatterer (the Bohemian waxwing).
- An obsolete or archaic past participle of wax.
- Archaic present indicative plural of wax.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. having the paleness of wax
- adj. made of or covered with wax
What might be called the waxen period had set in, and the high colourless features seemed to be modelled in that soft, semi-transparent material.
The trees around a Shintô shrine are specially under the protection of the god to whom the altar is dedicated; and, in connection with them, there is a kind of magic still respected by the superstitious, which recalls the waxen dolls, through the medium of which sorcerers of the middle ages in Europe, and indeed those of ancient Greece, as Theocritus tells us, pretended to kill the enemies of their clients.
Bessy's features seemed to shrink into a kind of waxen quietude -- as though her face were seen under clear water, a long way down.
Here and there that woods harlequin, the madrone, permitting itself to be caught in the act of changing its pea-green trunk to madder-red, breathed its fragrance into the air from great clusters of waxen bells.
When did brands start positioning themselves as families, communities, their offices big picnic blankets of giggling executives, their products carved from whimsy and solid, waxen love?
Many had been built crudely and with such haste that they were too short for the occupants, whose pale, waxen feet stuck out.
Mann scrapes the ring on his finger and the waxen rail
Yes, she is a heavy pink and white bloom, full, scented, a little waxen.
Playing the malevolent, abrasive junkie single mother of a missing kidnap victim, a slatternly, slack-jawed racist, Ryan adopted a drunkard's waxen pallor, honked up the full braying working-class Boston accent and, in those seven minutes, ran a gamut of emotions, from sullen resentment to inappropriate levity and a final descent into abject sobbing – a magnificent shipwreck of a performance.
His features held the same waxen pallor, spasms jerking his shoulders as he fought back sickness.