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."

Definitions of encrust
  1. verb
    cover or coat with a crust
    synonyms: incrust
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    type of:
    coat, surface
    put a coat on; cover the surface of; furnish with a surface
  2. verb
    form a crust or a hard layer
    synonyms: incrust
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    become encrusted with crystals due to evaporation
    type of:
    harden, indurate
    become hard or harder
  3. verb
    decorate or cover lavishly (as with gems)
    synonyms: beset, incrust
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    type of:
    adorn, beautify, decorate, embellish, grace, ornament
    make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.
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