noun en·caus·tic \in-ˈkȯ-stik\

Definition of encaustic

  1. :  a paint made from pigment mixed with melted beeswax and resin and after application fixed by heat; also :  the method involving the use of encaustic or a work produced by this method



Origin and Etymology of encaustic

encaustic, adjective, from Latin encausticus, from Greek enkaustikos, from enkaiein to burn in, from en- + kaiein to burn

First Known Use: 1601

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