• WordNet 3.6
    • n waxwork an effigy (usually of a famous person) made of wax
    • n waxwork twining shrub of North America having yellow capsules enclosing scarlet seeds
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Waxwork (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.
    • Waxwork Work made of wax; especially, a figure or figures formed or partly of wax, in imitation of real beings.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n waxwork Work in wax; especially, figures or ornaments made of wax; in ordinary usage, figures, as of real persons, usually of life-size, and more or less of deceptive resemblance, the heads, hands, etc., being in wax, and the rest of the figure so set up and clothed as to increase the imitative effect.
    • n waxwork plural A place where a collection of such figures is exhibited.
    • n waxwork The climbing bitter-sweet, Celastrus scandens: so named on account of the waxy scarlet aril of the fruit. See Celastrus and skiff-tree. Also called Roxbury wax-work.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Waxwork work made of wax, esp. figures or models formed of wax:
    • Waxwork (pl.) an exhibition of wax figures
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. weax; Ice. vax, Dut. was, Ger. wachs.


In literature:

Armed with a pointer stood Diana, ready, like Mrs. Jarley of the famous waxworks, to act show-woman.
"A harum-scarum schoolgirl" by Angela Brazil
At this last stage there is also a series of waxwork figures which symbolize the vanity of life and of human desire.
"A Tour of the Missions" by Augustus Hopkins Strong
Sylvia and Woodville had simply forgotten all about the waxworks.
"The Twelfth Hour" by Ada Leverson
Waxworks only fit for the Chamber of 'Orrors, ain't 'em?
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
He made her give him the money she had earned from the waxwork, joined the gamblers and in a few hours had lost it all.
"Tales from Dickens" by Charles Dickens and Hallie Erminie Rives
Robert wuz busy up to the last minute, but managed to spend time to take Tommy to see some famous waxworks he had promised.
"Around the World with Josiah Allen's Wife" by Marietta Holley
Jarley's Waxworks, Mrs., 196.
"Dickens' London" by Francis Miltoun
He had a horrid look of a waxwork.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 20 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
For you may notice that scarcely any one talks, except in a whisper, in those waxwork places.
"The Serapion Brethren," by Ernst Theodor Wilhelm Hoffmann
And so you have that great Giuseppe Loti at the head of your waxwork department, eh?
"Cleek of Scotland Yard" by Thomas W. Hanshew
The waxworks in the museum seemed faded and worn after him.
"The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly" by Charles James Lever
That girl's face is pretty waxwork.
"The Galaxy, April, 1877" by Various
If you think we're waxworks, you ought to pay.
"Alice in Wonderland" by Alice Gerstenberg
I felt as though I had addressed a waxwork figure.
"Abroad at Home" by Julian Street
Little Nell was sent to the establishment of Miss Monflathers with notices of Mrs. Jarley's waxworks, being temporarily in the employ of that lady.
"Dickens As an Educator" by James L. (James Laughlin) Hughes
Never stint a coat o' paint for Mrs. Jarley's Waxworks.
"The Sailor" by J. C. Snaith
There are a score of similar entries, also of displays at the "Angel," of freaks and monstrosities, waxworks and the like.
"Through East Anglia in a Motor Car" by J. E. (James Edmund) Vincent
A murderer looks much like any other man, though people who take their ideas from waxwork shows think otherwise.
"A Desperate Voyage" by Edward Frederick Knight
Darling found a resemblance between the Essayist and "that other old gentleman in the waxworks".
"The Lure of Old London" by Sophie Cole
Between you an' me, I'm a little tired of ole waxworks 'ere, wot sits smilin' an' never syin' a word, except to ask about 'is young master.
"Dead Man's Love" by Tom Gallon

In poetry:

And all these images
and many others
are arranged like waxworks
in model bird-cages
about six inches high.
"The Very Image - To Rene Magritte" by David Gascoyne
Here speaks the laureate of a little throng,
The young Licentius whose deft art confers
Some grace upon the later Latin song—
Waxwork, not marble, in hexameters,
Drawing in colours, soft but soon to cease,
A pastel, not a proud old masterpiece.
"A Minor Latin Poet Improving Virgil" by Archbishop William Alexander

In news:

Waxworks of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are unveiled at Madame Tussaud s, London.
Too much reverence and you end up with waxworks.
Except, this time, he's joined by AARP-eligible colleagues Dolph Lundgren, Mickey Rourke, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Bruce Willis in a waxworks tableau of retro explosions, cigar toasts, and cock-rock anthems.
Britain's Got Talent mega star Susan Boyle unveils her new waxwork at Madame Tussaud's in Blackpool, England.
The happy couple is immortalized in the outfits each wore while announcing their engagement in November 2010 — William (looking slightly maniacal in that way royal waxworks often do) wears a Gieves & Hawkes suit.
As waxworks go, Kate looks great.
Wax on, wax off best celebrity waxworks .
As Rihanna gets two new wax figures at Madame Tussauds, we check out some other popular famous waxworks .
Stephen Colbert Unveils Waxwork of Himself at Madame Tussauds.
Kate Middleton's First Waxwork Unveiled at London's Madame Tussauds.
Kidding — it's "Miranda the Waxwork.".