Definition of encrustation in English:


Syllabification: en·crus·ta·tion
Pronunciation: /ˌenkrəsˈtāSHən
(also incrustation)


  • 1The action of encrusting or state of being encrusted.
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    • Pollutants in the atmosphere and the attentions of birds and humans cause discolouration, encrustation and corrosion.
    • Slight variations in the diameter along the length of some filaments reflect either the degree of silica encrustation or septa in the original filament.
    • For some microbes, initial encrustation involved the growth of small spheroids scattered irregularly along the length of the microbe.
  • 1.1A crust or hard coating on the surface of something: the sides are white with encrustations of salt
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    • It grows as a surface incrustation on gastropod shells inhabited by the hermit crab Pagurus longicarpus.
    • A white incrustation called efflorescence is often found on the surface of interior masonry walls.
    • The Great White Way is a comfortable walking passage with white encrustations covering much of the lower half of the walls.
  • 1.2 Architecture A facing of marble on a building.


early 17th century (originally as incrustation): from late Latin incrustatio(n-), from the verb incrustare (see encrust).

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