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

  • noun The art of modeling in wax.
  • noun A figure made of wax, especially a life-size wax effigy of a famous person.
  • noun An exhibition of wax figures in a museum.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Work in wax; especially, figures or ornaments made of wax; in ordinary usage, figures, as of real persons, usually of life-size, and more or less of deceptive resemblance, the heads, hands, etc., being in wax, and the rest of the figure so set up and clothed as to increase the imitative effect.
  • noun plural A place where a collection of such figures is exhibited.
  • noun The climbing bitter-sweet, Celastrus scandens: so named on account of the waxy scarlet aril of the fruit. See Celastrus and skiff-tree. Also called Roxbury wax-work.

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

  • noun Work made of wax; especially, a figure or figures formed or partly of wax, in imitation of real beings.
  • noun (Bot.) An American climbing shrub (Celastrus scandens). It bears a profusion of yellow berrylike pods, which open in the autumn, and display the scarlet coverings of the seeds.

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

  • noun A figure made of wax, especially an effigy of a famous person.

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

  • noun twining shrub of North America having yellow capsules enclosing scarlet seeds
  • noun an effigy (usually of a famous person) made of wax


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