- refined lac, a resin usually produced in thin, flaky layers or shells and used in making varnish, phonograph records, insulating materials, etc.
- a thin, usually clear kind of varnish containing this resin and alcohol
shel(l) + lac, used as transl. of Fr laque en écailles, lac in fine sheets
transitive verb shellacked, shellacking
- to apply shellac to; cover or varnish with shellac
- ☆ Slang
- to beat
- to defeat decisively