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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR WAXLIKE

I took my husband's hand and it dropped back from my clasp, waxlike and nerveless.

It was no longer a waxlike mask, but Henrietta, girlish and pathetically at rest.

As he had observed, the waxlike figures moved, sat upright, and stared.

The waxlike finish of the finely chiselled marble alone betrays that delicacy which with Mino verged on insipidity.

The last stage would have been the coalescing of the barbs, forming the waxlike scale as is now seen.

Pushing up through the wet soil, already showed early snowplants, those strange, waxlike towers of crimson.

His pale, inscrutable face was as waxlike as ever; his eyes were as cold, as penetrating, as old in their look of supreme wisdom.

She fairly trembled with joy as she uncovered the waxlike flowers of dainty pink and white.

The writing on these "books" is the cuneiform, and was done by impressing the "style" on the clay while in a waxlike condition.

This was baled out with buckets into a tank, concreting as it cooled into a waxlike substance, bland and tasteless.

WORD ORIGIN

"substance made by bees," Old English weax, from Proto-Germanic *wakhsan (cf. Old Saxon, Old High German wahs, Old Norse vax, Dutch was, German Wachs); cognate with Old Church Slavonic vasku, Lithuanian vaškas, Polish wosk, Russian vosk "wax" (but these may be from Germanic). Waxworks "exhibition of wax figures representing famous or notorious persons" first recorded 1796.

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