Definition of Shellac

1. Noun. Lac purified by heating and filtering; usually in thin orange or yellow flakes but sometimes bleached white.

Generic synonyms: Lac
Terms within: Stick Lac

2. Verb. Cover with shellac. "She wanted to shellac the desk to protect it from water spots"
Exact synonyms: Shellack
Generic synonyms: Seal, Varnish

3. Noun. A thin varnish made by dissolving lac in ethanol; used to finish wood.
Exact synonyms: Shellac Varnish
Specialized synonyms: French Polish, French Polish Shellac
Generic synonyms: Varnish
Terms within: Lac

Definition of Shellac

1. Noun. A processed secretion of the lac insect, ''Coccus lacca''; used in polishes, varnishes etc. ¹

2. Verb. To coat something with shellac. ¹

3. Verb. (informal US) To inflict a heavy defeat; to drub; to batter. Used primarily in sports and political contexts. ¹

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Definition of Shellac

1. to cover with a thin varnish [v -LACKED, -LACKING, -LACS]

Medical Definition of Shellac

1. A resinous excretion of an insect, Laccifer (Tachardia) lacca (family Coccidae). The insects suck the juice of various resiniferous Asiatic (chiefly Indian) trees and excrete and deposit "stick-lac." shellac softens at a low temperature. It has many nonmedicinal uses and is also used to coat confections and tablets and in dental materials, e.g., impression compound and denture base plates. Synonym: lacca. (05 Mar 2000)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Shellac

shell ginger
shell jacket
shell moulding
shell nail
shell out
shell parakeet
shell plating
shell script
shell scripts
shell shock
shell shocked
shell stitch
shell suit
shell suits
shellac (current term)
shellac base
shellac varnish
shellac wax
shellbark hickory

Literary usage of Shellac

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Journal of the American Chemical Society by American Chemical Society (1908)
"A direct method of separating shellac and rosin and recovering the rosin, at least, in a substantially unchanged form, is greatly to be desired, ..."

2. Industrial Chemistry: A Manual for the Student and Manufacturer by Allen Rogers (1920)
"Heating at 50° C. and over results in the loss of volatile ingredients not water and a change in the chemical constitution of the shellac. ..."

3. Industrial Chemistry: A Manual for the Student and Manufacturer by Allen Rogers (1920)
"Refined Bleached shellac. This is a wax-free form of bleached shellac, ... The bulk of the shellac varnish to-day is made with special denatured alcohol, ..."

4. Technical Methods of Analysis as Employed in the Laboratories of Arthur D by Roger Castle Griffin, Arthur D. Little, Inc (1921)
"shellac AND shellac VARNISHES General.—Dry shellac occurs on the market in two forms, orange shellac and bleached shellac. There are many different grades ..."

5. The Scientific American Cyclopedia of Formulas: Partly Based Upon the 28th by Albert Allis Hopkins (1910)
"The shellac for preparing chocolate brown sealing wax must not be too dark. The product of the above recipe is dark brown, and unbleached shellac aiid dark ..."

6. The Chemical News and Journal of Industrial Science (1908)
"For the sake oí uniformity and simplicity, I am assuming that shellac wax is quite ... It is nevertheless true that the user of shellac who wishes to have a ..."

7. The Microtomist's Vade-mecum: A Handbook of the Methods of Microscopic Anatomy by Arthur Bolles Lee (1896)
"The slide is allowed to cool, and the sections are now found to be firmly fixed in the shellac. The paraffin is dissolved away by dropping turpentine on to ..."

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