from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. 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.
  • n. A thin varnish made by dissolving this substance in denatured alcohol, used to finish wood.
  • n. An old phonograph record containing this substance, typically played at 78 rpm.
  • transitive v. To coat or finish with shellac.
  • transitive v. Slang To strike repeatedly and severely; batter.
  • transitive v. Slang To defeat decisively.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A processed secretion of the lac insect, Coccus lacca; used in polishes, varnishes etc.
  • v. To coat something with shellac.
  • v. To inflict a heavy defeat; to drub; to batter. Used primarily in sports and political contexts.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Lac which has been reduced to a thin crust. See the Note under 2d lac.
  • n. A solution of shellac{1} in alcohol or other volatile solvent, used as a varnish.
  • n. A phonograph record, made of a material containing shellac; -- no longer manufactured.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To coat with shellac.
  • n. Seed-lac melted and formed into thin plates. This is the form in which it is generally sold for making varnish and the like. See lac.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. cover with shellac
  • n. lac purified by heating and filtering; usually in thin orange or yellow flakes but sometimes bleached white
  • n. a thin varnish made by dissolving lac in ethanol; used to finish wood


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

shel(l) + lac (translation of French laque en écailles, lac in thin plates).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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


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