Definition of cire perdue in English:

cire perdue

Syllabification: cire per·due
Pronunciation: /ˈsi(ə)r perˈd(y)o͞o
 
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noun

  • another term for lost wax.
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    • Most of the main metalworking techniques were well developed, including casting (in two piece and cire perdue (lost wax) moulds), alloying, annealing, sheet metalwork, riveting, wire-making, graving, and soldering.
    • The lost-wax process (cire perdue) remains the tried and true method.
    • They have been beautifully inscribed on both sides of the tablet, either from a mould using the cire perdue (lost wax) technique or, more probably, by direct engraving on the bronze.

Origin

late 19th century: French, literally 'lost wax'.

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