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waxen “coat,” RICHARD II., i. 3. 75. Here“waxen” means, I believe, “as soft and penetrable as if it were made of wax.” In support of my explanation I may cite the following lines from the ballad of Hardyknute (modern though it be):
“Tho' Britons tremble at his name,
I sune sall make him wail
That eir my sword was made sae sharp,
Sae saft his coat of mail.”

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