sealing wax


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sealing wax

a hard material made of shellac, turpentine, and pigment that softens when heated. It is used for sealing documents, parcels, letters, etc.
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sealing wax

[′sēl·iŋ ‚waks]
(materials)
A colored, scented mixture of resins and shellac; used for sealing containers and documents.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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