2. [syn: French polish, French polish shellac]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
French \French\ (fr[e^]nch), prop. a. [AS. frencisc, LL.
franciscus, from L. Francus a Frank: cf. OF. franceis,
franchois, fran[,c]ois, F. fran[,c]ais. See Frank, a., and
Of or pertaining to France or its inhabitants.
French bean (Bot.), the common kidney bean (Phaseolus
French berry (Bot.), the berry of a species of buckthorn
(Rhamnus catharticus), which affords a saffron, green or
French casement (Arch.) See French window, under
French chalk (Min.), a variety of granular talc; -- used
for drawing lines on cloth, etc. See under Chalk.
French cowslip (Bot.) The Primula Auricula. See
French fake (Naut.), a mode of coiling a rope by running it
backward and forward in parallel bends, so that it may run
French honeysuckle (Bot.) a plant of the genus Hedysarum
(H. coronarium); -- called also garland honeysuckle.
French horn, a metallic wind instrument, consisting of a
long tube twisted into circular folds and gradually
expanding from the mouthpiece to the end at which the
sound issues; -- called in France cor de chasse.
French leave, an informal, hasty, or secret departure;
esp., the leaving a place without paying one's debts.
French pie [French (here used in sense of "foreign") + pie
a magpie (in allusion to its black and white color)]
(Zool.), the European great spotted woodpecker (Dryobstes
major); -- called also wood pie.
(a) A preparation for the surface of woodwork, consisting of
gums dissolved in alcohol, either shellac alone, or
shellac with other gums added.
(b) The glossy surface produced by the application of the
French purple, a dyestuff obtained from lichens and used
for coloring woolen and silken fabrics, without the aid of
French red rouge.
French rice, amelcorn.
French roof (Arch.), a modified form of mansard roof having
a nearly flat deck for the upper slope.
French tub, a dyer's mixture of protochloride of tin and
logwood; -- called also plum tub. --Ure.
French window. See under Window.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: the glaze produced by repeated applications of French
2: a varnish for wood consisting of shellac dissolved in alcohol
[syn: French polish, French polish shellac]