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1. A paint consisting of pigment mixed with beeswax and fixed with heat after its application.
2. The art of painting with this substance.
3. A painting produced with the use of this substance.

[Latin encausticus, from Greek enkaustikos, from enkaiein, enkau-, to paint in encaustic : en-, in; see en-2 + kaiein, to burn.]


(ɪnˈkɒstɪk) ceramics
(Ceramics) decorated by any process involving burning in colours, esp by inlaying coloured clays and baking or by fusing wax colours to the surface
1. (Ceramics) the process of burning in colours
2. (Ceramics) a product of such a process
[C17: from Latin encausticus, from Greek enkaustikos, from enkaiein to burn in, from kaiein to burn]
enˈcaustically adv


(ɛnˈkɔ stɪk)

1. painted with wax colors fixed with heat, or with any process in which colors are burned in.
2. a work of art produced by an encaustic process.
[1650–60; < Latin encausticus < Greek enkaustikós literally, for burning in (compare enkaíein to paint in this manner, literally, to burn in). See en-2, caustic]
en•caus′ti•cal•ly, adv.


The process of burning-in colors, particularly through inlaying colored clays, and by fusing or burning wax colors into the surface of ceramics.
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Noun1.encaustic - a paint consisting of pigment mixed with melted beeswax; it is fixed with heat after application
paint, pigment - a substance used as a coating to protect or decorate a surface (especially a mixture of pigment suspended in a liquid); dries to form a hard coating; "artists use `paint' and `pigment' interchangeably"