From Middle Dutch inct (“ink”), from Latin encaustum (“the red ink used by Roman and Greek rulers to sign documents”), from Latin encaustus (“paint technique using wax burning”), from Ancient Greek ἔγκαυστον (enkauston, “burned-in”), from ἐν (en, “in”) + καίω (kaiō, “burn”). Related to Dutch encaustiek. Cognate with English ink.
- ink (coloured fluid used for writing, painting etc.)
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