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A mixture of shellac and rosin with turpentine and pigment, softened by heating and used to make seals.
- ‘She has to supervise all the ordering, keeping, storing and counting of every kind of supply aboard the ship, from sealing wax to cabbages.’
- ‘I can still string a box, do the sealing wax and sliding knots, all because of Joan.’
- ‘They can be ground down by a continual drive to reduce costs - leading them to be specialists in string and sealing wax solutions.’
- ‘It was assembled from coffee cans, sealing wax, and leftover laboratory equipment.’
- ‘Scrap wood, darning needles, string and sealing wax held his flimsy contraption together.’
- ‘In Henry III's reign, we can measure the amount of sealing wax which the chancery used.’
- ‘Turning it over, she found it'd been sealed with some old-fashioned sealing wax and embossed with an N.’
- ‘It was primly addressed to ‘Miss Ashton’, but the red sealing wax was dimpled with a casual thumb-print rather than an official crest.’
- ‘The store clerk put the ribbon into the parcel, and tied it all up with string and sealing wax.’
- ‘Then she sealed it with some pretty blue sealing wax.’
- ‘Moyes rose (R. moyesii) has hips that look like shiny, red 11/2-inch-long, bottle-shaped sticks of sealing wax.’
- ‘Grinning to myself, I lit a candle to melt his sealing wax and then proceeded to reseal each envelope with a dab of wax beneath the embossed seals I had just removed.’
- ‘Flemish pictures of the 15th century often show devotional woodcuts fixed to a wall with sealing wax, and already flyblown and curling up.’
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