batik[bə tēk′, bä′tēk′]
- a method of dyeing designs on cloth by coating the parts that are not to be dyed with removable wax
- cloth so decorated or a design made in this way
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- a. A method of dyeing a fabric by which the parts of the fabric not intended to be dyed are covered with removable wax.b. A design that is created by this method.
- Fabric dyed by this method.
Origin: Malay batek, of Javanese origin, from Proto-Austronesian *beCík, tattoo (from the fact that the original process of piercing the waxed cloth prior to soaking was similar to tattooing).