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encaustic.
1. Fixed by heat, with reference to e.g. painting with wax colours and fixing them during firing so that the colours are burnt in.

2. Type of tile decorated with patterns formed with different coloured clay inlaid in the tile made of another colour, then fired, and usually glazed. Encaustic tiles with yellowish patterns on a dark red ground were commonly used in medieval and Gothic Revival churches.

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encaustic produced by burning in pigments. XVII. — L. encausticus — Gr. egkaustikós, f. egkaíein burn in; see EN-2, CAUSTIC.

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