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NOUN (2)

1. lac purified by heating and filtering; usually in thin orange or yellow flakes but sometimes bleached white;

2. a thin varnish made by dissolving lac in ethanol; used to finish wood;
[syn: shellac, shellac varnish]


VERB (1)

1. cover with shellac;
- Example: "She wanted to shellac the desk to protect it from water spots"
[syn: shellac, shellack]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Shellac \Shel"lac`\, Shell-lac \Shell"-lac`\, n. [Shell + lac a resinous substance; cf. D. shellak, G. schellack.] 1. Lac which has been reduced to a thin crust. See the Note under 2d Lac. [1913 Webster] 2. A solution of shellac[1] in alcohol or other volatile solvent, used as a varnish. [PJC] 3. A phonograph record, made of a material containing shellac; -- no longer manufactured. [Obsolescent] --RHUD [PJC]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Lac \Lac\, n. [Per. lak; akin to Skr. l[=a]ksh[=a]: cf. F. lague, It. & NL. lacca. Cf. Lake a color, Lacquer, Litmus.] A resinous substance produced mainly on the banyan tree, but to some extent on other trees, by the Laccifer lacca (formerly Coccus lacca), a scale-shaped insect, the female of which fixes herself on the bark, and exudes from the margin of her body this resinous substance. [1913 Webster] Note: Stick-lac is the substance in its natural state, incrusting small twigs. When broken off, and the coloring matter partly removed, the granular residuum is called seed-lac. When melted, and reduced to a thin crust, it is called shell-lac or shellac. Lac is an important ingredient in sealing wax, dyes, varnishes, and lacquers. [1913 Webster] Ceylon lac, a resinous exudation of the tree Croton lacciferum, resembling lac. Lac dye, a scarlet dye obtained from stick-lac. Lac lake, the coloring matter of lac dye when precipitated from its solutions by alum. Mexican lac, an exudation of the tree Croton Draco. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

shellac n 1: lac purified by heating and filtering; usually in thin orange or yellow flakes but sometimes bleached white 2: a thin varnish made by dissolving lac in ethanol; used to finish wood [syn: shellac, shellac varnish] v 1: cover with shellac; "She wanted to shellac the desk to protect it from water spots" [syn: shellac, shellack]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

77 Moby Thesaurus words for "shellac": apply paint, beat, bedaub, bedizen, begild, besmear, blank, brush on paint, bulldoze, calcimine, clobber, coat, color, complexion, cover, cream, dab, daub, deep-dye, defeat utterly, dip, distemper, double-dye, drub, dye, emblazon, enamel, engild, face, fast-dye, fresco, gild, glaze, gloss, grain, hue, illuminate, imbue, ingrain, japan, lacquer, lambaste, lay on color, lick, overbear, overwhelm, paint, parget, paste, pigment, prime, schmear, shade, shadow, shut out, skunk, slop on paint, smear, smother, snow under, stain, steamroller, stipple, thrash, tinct, tincture, tinge, tint, tone, trim, undercoat, varnish, wash, whelm, whitewash, whomp, whop