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cire perdue(sir pɛrdy)
(Metallurgy) a method of casting bronze, in which a mould is formed around a wax pattern, which is subsequently melted and drained away
[literally: lost wax]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
(French: “lost wax”) A traditional method for casting bronze sculptures. The model with a waxed surface is enclosed in the mold. The wax is melted and runs through holes at the bottom. Molten metal is then poured through holes at the top, filling up the space left by the wax.
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