perdu , perdue
1 Obsolete (of a soldier) placed on hazardous sentry duty
2 Obsolete (of a soldier) placed in a hazardous ambush
3 (of a person or thing) hidden or concealed
4 Obsolete a soldier placed on hazardous sentry duty
5 Obsolete a soldier placed in a hazardous ambush (C16: via French: lost, from perdre to lose, from Latin perdere to destroy)
cire perdue (French)
n a method of casting bronze, in which a mould is formed around a wax pattern, which is subsequently melted and drained away
(literally: lost wax)
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