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  6  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Wax  \Wax\,  n.  [AS.  weax;  akin  to  OFries  wax,  D.  was  G.  wachs 
  OHG.  wahs,  Icel.  &  Sw  vax,  Dan.  vox,  Lith.  vaszkas  Russ. 
  1.  A  fatty,  solid  substance,  produced  by  bees,  and  employed 
  by  them  in  the  construction  of  their  comb;  --  usually 
  called  beeswax.  It  is  first  excreted,  from  a  row  of 
  pouches  along  their  sides,  in  the  form  of  scales,  which 
  being  masticated  and  mixed  with  saliva,  become  whitened 
  and  tenacious.  Its  natural  color  is  pale  or  dull  yellow. 
  Note:  Beeswax  consists  essentially  of  cerotic  acid 
  (constituting  the  more  soluble  part)  and  of  myricyl 
  palmitate  (constituting  the  less  soluble  part). 
  2.  Hence  any  substance  resembling  beeswax  in  consistency  or 
  appearance.  Specifically: 
  a  (Physiol.)  Cerumen,  or  earwax.  See  {Cerumen}. 
  b  A  waxlike  composition  used  for  uniting  surfaces,  for 
  excluding  air,  and  for  other  purposes;  as  sealing 
  wax,  grafting  wax,  etching  wax,  etc 
  c  A  waxlike  composition  used  by  shoemakers  for  rubbing 
  their  thread. 
  d  (Zo["o]l.)  A  substance  similar  to  beeswax,  secreted  by 
  several  species  of  scale  insects,  as  the  Chinese  wax. 
  See  {Wax  insect},  below. 
  e  (Bot.)  A  waxlike  product  secreted  by  certain  plants. 
  See  {Vegetable  wax},  under  {Vegetable}. 
  f  (Min.)  A  substance,  somewhat  resembling  wax,  found  in 
  connection  with  certain  deposits  of  rock  salt  and 
  coal;  --  called  also  mineral  wax,  and  ozocerite. 
  g  Thick  sirup  made  by  boiling  down  the  sap  of  the  sugar 
  maple,  and  then  cooling.  [Local  U.  S.] 
  {Japanese  wax},  a  waxlike  substance  made  in  Japan  from  the 
  berries  of  certain  species  of  {Rhus},  esp.  {R. 
  {Mineral  wax}.  (Min.)  See  {Wax},  2 
  (f),  above. 
  {Wax  cloth}.  See  {Waxed  cloth},  under  {Waxed}. 
  {Wax  end}.  See  {Waxed  end},  under  {Waxed}. 
  {Wax  flower},  a  flower  made  of  or  resembling,  wax. 
  {Wax  insect}  (Zo["o]l.),  any  one  of  several  species  of  scale 
  insects  belonging  to  the  family  {Coccid[ae]},  which 
  secrete  from  their  bodies  a  waxlike  substance,  especially 
  the  Chinese  wax  insect  ({Coccus  Sinensis})  from  which  a 
  large  amount  of  the  commercial  Chinese  wax  is  obtained. 
  Called  also  {pela}. 
  {Wax  light},  a  candle  or  taper  of  wax. 
  {Wax  moth}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  pyralid  moth  ({Galleria  cereana}) 
  whose  larv[ae]  feed  upon  honeycomb,  and  construct  silken 
  galleries  among  the  fragments.  The  moth  has  dusky  gray 
  wings  streaked  with  brown  near  the  outer  edge.  The  larva 
  is  yellowish  white  with  brownish  dots.  Called  also  {bee 
  {Wax  myrtle}.  (Bot.)  See  {Bayberry}. 
  {Wax  painting},  a  kind  of  painting  practiced  by  the  ancients, 
  under  the  name  of  encaustic.  The  pigments  were  ground  with 
  wax,  and  diluted.  After  being  applied,  the  wax  was  melted 
  with  hot  irons  and  the  color  thus  fixed. 
  {Wax  palm}.  (Bot.) 
  a  A  species  of  palm  ({Ceroxylon  Andicola})  native  of  the 
  Andes,  the  stem  of  which  is  covered  with  a  secretion, 
  consisting  of  two  thirds  resin  and  one  third  wax, 
  which  when  melted  with  a  third  of  fat,  makes 
  excellent  candles. 
  b  A  Brazilian  tree  ({Copernicia  cerifera})  the  young 
  leaves  of  which  are  covered  with  a  useful  waxy 
  {Wax  paper},  paper  prepared  with  a  coating  of  white  wax  and 
  other  ingredients. 
  {Wax  plant}  (Bot.),  a  name  given  to  several  plants,  as: 
  a  The  Indian  pipe  (see  under  {Indian}). 
  b  The  {Hoya  carnosa},  a  climbing  plant  with  polished, 
  fleshy  leaves. 
  c  Certain  species  of  {Begonia}  with  similar  foliage. 
  {Wax  tree}  (Bot.) 
  a  A  tree  or  shrub  ({Ligustrum  lucidum})  of  China,  on 
  which  certain  insects  make  a  thick  deposit  of  a 
  substance  resembling  white  wax. 
  b  A  kind  of  sumac  ({Rhus  succedanea})  of  Japan,  the 
  berries  of  which  yield  a  sort  of  wax. 
  c  A  rubiaceous  tree  ({El[ae]agia  utilis})  of  New 
  Grenada,  called  by  the  inhabitants  ``arbol  del  cera.'' 
  {Wax  yellow},  a  dull  yellow,  resembling  the  natural  color  of 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Wax  \Wax\,  v.  i.  [imp.  {Waxed};  p.  p.  {Waxed},  and  Obs.  or 
  Poetic  {Waxen};  p.  pr  &  vb  n.  {Waxing}.]  [AS.  weaxan  akin 
  to  OFries  waxa,  D.  wassen,  OS  &  OHG.  wahsan  G.  wachsen, 
  Icel.  vaxa,  Sw  v["a]xa,  Dan.  voxe,  Goth.  wahsjan  Gr  ?  to 
  increase,  Skr.  waksh,  uksh,  to  grow.  ???.  Cf  {Waist}.] 
  1.  To  increase  in  size;  to  grow  bigger;  to  become  larger  or 
  fuller;  --  opposed  to  wane. 
  The  waxing  and  the  waning  of  the  moon.  --Hakewill. 
  Truth's  treasures  .  .  .  never  shall  wax  ne  wane. 
  --P.  Plowman. 
  2.  To  pass  from  one  state  to  another;  to  become  to  grow;  as 
  to  wax  strong;  to  wax  warmer  or  colder;  to  wax  feeble;  to 
  wax  old  to  wax  worse  and  worse. 
  Your  clothes  are  not  waxen  old  upon  you  --Deut. 
  xxix.  5. 
  Where  young  Adonis  oft  reposes,  Waxing  well  of  his 
  deep  wound.  --Milton. 
  {Waxing  kernels}  (Med.),  small  tumors  formed  by  the 
  enlargement  of  the  lymphatic  glands,  especially  in  the 
  groins  of  children;  --  popularly  so  called  because 
  supposed  to  be  caused  by  growth  of  the  body.  --Dunglison. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Wax  \Wax\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Waxed};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  To  smear  or  rub  with  wax;  to  treat  with  wax;  as  to  wax  a 
  thread  or  a  table. 
  {Waxed  cloth},  cloth  covered  with  a  coating  of  wax,  used  as  a 
  cover,  of  tables  and  for  other  purposes;  --  called  also 
  {wax  cloth}. 
  {Waxed  end},  a  thread  pointed  with  a  bristle  and  covered  with 
  shoemaker's  wax,  used  in  sewing  leather,  as  for  boots, 
  shoes,  and  the  like  --  called  also  {wax  end}.  --Brockett. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  :  any  of  various  substances  of  either  mineral  origin  or  plant 
  or  animal  origin;  they  are  solid  at  normal  temperatures 
  and  insoluble  in  water 
  v  1:  cover  with  wax;  "wax  the  car" 
  2:  go  up  or  advance;  "Sales  were  climbing  after  prices  were 
  lowered"  [syn:  {mount},  {climb},  {rise}]  [ant:  {wane}] 
  3:  increase  in  phase;  "the  moon  is  waxing"  [syn:  {full}]  [ant: 
  From  U.S.  Gazetteer  (1990)  [gazetteer]: 
  Wax,  KY 
  Zip  code(s):  42726 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
  Made  by  melting  the  combs  of  bees.  Mentioned  (Ps.  22:14;  68:2; 
  97:5;  Micah  1:4)  in  illustration. 

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