Lac definition

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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.
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One hundred thousand (commonly used in Pakistan and India).
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A resinous secretion of lac insects, used in making shellac.
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A resinous substance produced mainly on the banyan tree by the female of Coccus lacca, a scale-shaped insect.
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Origin of lac

  • Dutch lac or French laque both from Old French lacce from Medieval Latin lacca from Arabic lakk from Prakrit lakkhā from Sanskrit lākṭā red dye, resin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Portuguese laca from Persian لاک (lāk) from Hindi लाख (lākh) from Sanskrit लाक्षा (lākṣā).

    From Wiktionary

  • From Urdu لاکھ; Hindi लाख (lākh); Sanskrit लक्षं (lakṣaṇ).

    From Wiktionary