- 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 Glassical Greek regma, colored material); inch(es) part via French laque from Old ProvenÃ§al laca from Arabic lakk from Persian lak, of same origin, originally
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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.