from The Century Dictionary.

  • In zoology, shedding water; impervious to water, as the plumage of ducks, the pubescence of many insects, etc.


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  • With respect to remote periods of antiquity, we believe that the use of a hydrofuge oil-varnish for the protection of works in tempera, the only fact insisted upon by Mr. Eastlake, is also the only one which the labor of innumerable ingenious writers has established: nor up to the beginning of the twelfth century is there proof of any practice of painting except in tempera, encaustic (wax applied by the aid of heat), and fresco.

    On the Old Road Vol. 1 (of 2) A Collection of Miscellaneous Essays and Articles on Art and Literature


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