Variant of wax
- a plastic, dull-yellow substance secreted by bees for building cells; beeswax: it is hard when cold and easily molded when warm, melts at c. 64.4°C (c. 148°F), cannot be dissolved in water, and is used for candles, modeling, etc.
- any plastic substance like this; specif.,
- a waxlike substance exuded by the ears; earwax; cerumen
- a waxy substance produced by scale insects
- any waxlike substance yielded by plants or animals
- a resinous substance used by shoemakers to rub on thread
- sealing wax
- any of a group of substances with a waxy appearance made up variously of esters, fatty acids, free alcohols, and solid hydrocarbons
Origin: from the wax cylinders formerly used for recording soundInformal a phonograph record: once common in , to make a phonograph record of
Origin: Middle English from Old English weax, akin to German wachs from Indo-European an unverified form wokso- from an unverified form weg-, to weave, probably from base an unverified form (a)we-, to weave
- to rub, polish, cover, smear, or treat with wax
- to remove unwanted hair from (the body) by applying a hot waxy substance
- Informal to make a phonograph record of
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