encrust

When you encrust something, you coat it with a layer of some other material. You might encrust your homemade cheesecake bites in crushed cookie crumbs, for example.

There are many ways to encrust various kinds of food, as when you encrust fish or chicken in breadcrumbs before baking it. A jeweler might encrust a ring in tiny diamonds, and the ocean's tide can encrust a dock with tiny snails or barnacles. The Latin root of encrust is incrustare, which, fittingly, means "to cover with crust."

Primary Meanings of encrust

1.
v
cover or coat with a crust
2.
v
decorate or cover lavishly (as with gems)
Full Definitions of encrust
1

v cover or coat with a crust

Synonyms:
incrust
Type of:
coat, surface
put a coat on; cover the surface of; furnish with a surface

v form a crust or a hard layer

Synonyms:
incrust
Types:
effloresce
become encrusted with crystals due to evaporation
Type of:
harden, indurate
become hard or harder
2

v decorate or cover lavishly (as with gems)

Synonyms:
beset, incrust
Type of:
adorn, beautify, decorate, embellish, grace, ornament
make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.

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