Shellac meaning

shə-lăk
A purified lac in the form of thin yellow or orange flakes, often bleached white and widely used in varnishes, paints, inks, sealants, and formerly in phonograph records.
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A thin varnish made by dissolving this substance in denatured alcohol, used to finish wood.
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An old phonograph record containing this substance, typically played at 78 rpm.
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To coat or finish with shellac.
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Refined lac, a resinous substance usually produced in thin, flaky layers or shells and used in making varnish, phonograph records, insulating materials, etc.
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A thin, usually clear kind of varnish containing this resin and alcohol.
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To apply shellac to; cover or varnish with shellac.
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A processed secretion of the lac insect, Coccus lacca; used in polishes, varnishes etc.
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To coat something with shellac.
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(informal, US) To inflict a heavy defeat; to drub; to batter. Used primarily in sports and political contexts.
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Origin of shellac

  • shel(l) lac (translation of French laque en écailles lac in thin plates)

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

  • shell +"Ž lac, calque translation of French laque (“lac") + en (“in") + écailles (“scales, shells")

    From Wiktionary