Wax paper

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Moistureproof paper coated or impregnated with Wax. Wax paper, or waxed paper was invented by Thomas Edison in 1872. It is used to wrap food for storage, for cooking, envelopes, carton liners, and craft items. Wax paper can rubbed against another item to apply a thin film of wax as a polish or lubricant. Wax paper was also used for the initial electrostatic copy (Xerox®) images produced in 1938.

Synonyms and Related Terms

waxed paper; paraffin paper; waxed paper negative; papier ciré (Fr.); papier paraffiné (Fr.)

Additional Images


  • Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997
  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998
  • Book and Paper Group, Paper Conservation Catalog, AIC, 1984, 1989

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