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- noun lac in its natural state as scraped off twigs and dried
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The hardened sap incrusts twigs forming _stick-lac_; when crushed, washed, and freed from the woody matter it is _seed-lac_; when melted and cooled in flakes it is _shell-lac_, the form best known in commerce.
The stick-lac is collected by the Gonds and Korkus and sold to the Lakheras; they clear it of wood as far as possible and then place the incrusted twigs and bark in long cotton bags and heat them before a fire, squeezing out the gum, which is spread out on flat plates so as to congeal into the shape of a pancake.
The spire itself was "painted with red stick-lac," probably the same preparation of vermilion as is used at the present day on the lacquered ware of Burmah, Siam, and China. [