A branch encrusted with frost.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- to cover with or as with a crust, or hard coating
- to decorate elaborately, esp. with gems
Origin: Old French encrouster ; from Classical Latin incrustare: see in- and amp; crust
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also in·crusttransitive verb en·crust·ed also in·crust·ed, en·crust·ing also in·crust·ing, en·crusts also in·crusts
- To cover or coat with or as if with a crust: tires encrusted with dried mud; legalities that were encrusted with tradition.
- To decorate by inlaying or overlaying with a contrasting material: encrust wood paneling with ivory.
Origin: Possibly from French incruster, from Latin incrustāre : in-, on; see en-1 + crusta, crust; see kreus- in Indo-European roots.