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The Collaborative Dictionary

Waxwork \Wax"work`\, n.
Work made of wax; especially, a figure or figures formed or partly of wax, in imitation of real beings. [1913 Webster]
(Bot.) An American climbing shrub (Celastrus scandens). It bears a profusion of yellow berrylike pods, which open in the autumn, and display the scarlet coverings of the seeds. [1913 Webster]

Word Net



1 twining shrub of North America having three-valved yellow capsules enclosing scarlet seeds [syn: bittersweet, American bittersweet, climbing bittersweet, false bittersweet, staff vine, Celastrus scandens]
2 an effigy (usually of a famous person) made of wax [syn: wax figure]

Moby Thesaurus

bust, carving, doll, dolly, dummy, fantoccini, figure, figurehead, figurine, gingerbread man, lay figure, man of straw, manikin, mannequin, marionette, model, monument, portrait bust, puppet, scarecrow, sculpture, snowman, statuary, statue, statuette, wax figure, wood carving



  1. a figure made of wax, especially an effigy of a famous person
  2. italbrac attributively Of or relating to such a figure.
    a waxwork dummy


  • 1885 — Gilbert & Sullivan, The Mikado
    The amateur tenor, whose vocal villainies
    All desire to shirk,
    Shall during off-hours,
    Exhibit his powers
    To Madame Tussaud's waxwork.
Waxwork or waxworks may refer to:
This film was followed by a sequel titled Waxwork II: Lost in Time.
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