- 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 of lacHindi l?kh ; from Sanskrit l?k??, variant, variety of r?k??, 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
Origin of lacDutch lac or French laque, both from Old French lacce, from Medieval Latin lacca, from Arabic lakk, from Prakrit lakkha, from Sanskrit lak&slowdot;a, red dye, resin.
(countable and uncountable, plural lacs)
- One hundred thousand (commonly used in Pakistan and India).