Batik Definition

bə-tēk, bătĭk
batiks
noun
A method of dyeing a fabric by which the parts of the fabric not intended to be dyed are covered with removable wax.
American Heritage
A method of dyeing designs on cloth by coating the parts that are not to be dyed with removable wax.
Webster's New World
A design that is created by this method.
American Heritage
Cloth so decorated or a design made in this way.
Webster's New World
Fabric dyed by this method.
American Heritage
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verb
To dye (fabric) using this method.
Batiked a T-shirt.
American Heritage
To dye fabric using the wax-resist method.
Wiktionary
adjective
Of or like batik.
Webster's New World

Other Word Forms of Batik

Noun

Singular:
batik
Plural:
batiks

Origin of Batik

  • 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)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Javanese "baṭik"

    From Wiktionary

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