- 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 lakkh&amacron;, from Sanskrit l&amacron;k&slowdot;&amacron;, red dye, resin.
(countable and uncountable, plural lacs)
- One hundred thousand (commonly used in Pakistan and India).