lac definition by Webster's New World
- a resinous substance secreted by various scale insects, esp. a species (Laccifer lacca) of India, that live on certain fig, soapberry, and acacia trees: when melted, strained, and rehardened, it forms shellac
Origin: Hindi lākh ; from Sanskrit lākṣā, variant, variety of rākṣā, probably ; from Indo-European base an unverified form reg-, to color (from source Classical Greek regma, colored material); in part via French laque ; from Old ProvenÃ§al laca ; from Arabic lakk ; from Persian lak, of same origin, originally
lac definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Origin: Dutch lac or French laque, both from Old French lacce, from Medieval Latin lacca, from Arabic lakk, from Prakrit lakkhā, from Sanskrit lākṣā, red dye, resin.
lac - Medical Definition
- A whitish, milky looking liquid.