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1. The art of modeling in wax.
2. A figure made of wax, especially a life-size wax effigy of a famous person.
3. waxworks(used with a sing. or pl. verb) An exhibition of wax figures in a museum.


1. (Art Terms) an object reproduced in wax, esp as an ornament
2. (Art Terms) a life-size lifelike figure, esp of a famous person, reproduced in wax
3. (Art Terms) (plural; functioning as singular or plural) a museum or exhibition of wax figures or objects
ˈwaxˌworker n



an artistic object made of wax, esp. a life-size effigy of a person.
wax′work`er, n.
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Noun1.waxwork - twining shrub of North America having yellow capsules enclosing scarlet seedswaxwork - twining shrub of North America having yellow capsules enclosing scarlet seeds
Celastrus, genus Celastrus - genus of woody vines and erect shrubs (type genus of the Celastraceae) that is native chiefly to Asia and Australia: includes bittersweet
vine - a plant with a weak stem that derives support from climbing, twining, or creeping along a surface
2.waxwork - an effigy (usually of a famous person) made of waxwaxwork - an effigy (usually of a famous person) made of wax
effigy, simulacrum, image - a representation of a person (especially in the form of sculpture); "the coin bears an effigy of Lincoln"; "the emperor's tomb had his image carved in stone"
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[ˈwækswɜːk] Nfigura f de cera


[ˈwækswɜːrk] n (= model) → personnage m de cire


[ˈwæksˌwɜːk] n (model) → statua di cera


(wӕks) noun
1. the sticky, fatty substance of which bees make their cells; beeswax.
2. the sticky, yellowish substance formed in the ears.
3. a manufactured, fatty substance used in polishing, to give a good shine. furniture wax.
4. (also adjective) (also ˈcandle-wax) (of) a substance made from paraffin, used in making candles, models etc, that melts when heated. a wax model.
5. sealing-wax.
to smear, polish or rub with wax.
waxed adjective
having a coating of wax. waxed paper.
ˈwaxen, ˈwaxy adjective
ˈwaxwork noun
a wax model (usually of a well-known person).
ˈwaxworks noun plural
an exhibition of such models.
References in classic literature ?
Once, I had been taken to see some ghastly waxwork at the Fair, representing I know not what impossible personage lying in state.
The scale of wickedness allowed to the waxwork British lady is most charmingly graduated.
A many, many, beautiful corpses she laid out, as nice and neat as waxwork.
Freely's peculiar regard, and conquered his fastidiousness; and no wonder, for the Ideal, as exhibited in the finest waxwork, was perhaps never so closely approached by the Real as in the person of the pretty Penelope.
It looked as if we'd stuck up a waxwork instead of a statue in the centre of our garden.
But I found no sign of him in the empty street, and no sign in the Earl's Court Road, that looked as empty for all its length, save for a natural enemy standing like a waxwork figure with a glimmer at his belt.
This was a full-blown, very plump damsel, fair as waxwork, with handsome and regular features, languishing blue eyes, and ringleted yellow hair.
They sat rather like a very superior lot of waxworks, with the fixed but indetermined facial expression and with that odd air wax figures have of being aware of their existence being but a sham.
The author who, after the fashion of "The North American Review," should be upon all occasions merely "quiet," must necessarily upon many occasions be simply silly, or stupid; and has no more right to be considered "easy" or "natural" than a Cockney exquisite, or than the sleeping Beauty in the waxworks.
LONDON (Reuters) - Madame Tussauds waxwork museum is offering fans of actor Tom Hardy a new and unusual chance to get close to their idol - launching a waxwork figure of the actor with a beating heart, that visitors can pose with and even cuddle.
The answer isn't 42: it's a roomful of waxwork James Bonds.
as singer ages a decade in latest waxwork," writes the website.