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wax·work

 (wăks′wûrk′)
n.
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.

wax•works

(ˈwæksˌwɜrks)

n., pl. -works. (usu. used with a sing. v.)
an exhibition of or a museum for displaying wax figures.
[1690–1700]
Translations
مُتْحَف تَماثيل الشَّمْع
vokskabinet
panoptikum
vaxmyndasÿning
bal mumu heykel/mumya müzesi

waxworks

[ˈwækswɜːks] N (pl) (waxworks) → museo m de cera

waxworks

[ˈwækswɜːrks] n (= museum) → musée m de cire

waxworks

[ˈwæksˌwɜːks] nsg or plmuseo delle cere

wax1

(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.
verb
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 ?
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.
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.
Ant and Dec met their match when they came face to face with their waxworks.
Later still it became known as Monsieur D'Arc's Waxworks and Marionette Exhibition and boasted "Cosmoramic and stereoscopic views (the latest and best), automatic penny drop models, fortune tellers, piano organ (latest tunes, two barrels).
Madame Tussauds London has revealed wax figures of all the actors who have played James Bond, with five completely new waxworks joining the incumbent 007 Daniel Craig.