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lacquer

1lacquer

noun lac·quer \ˈla-kər\

: a liquid that is spread on wood or metal and that dries to form a hard and shiny surface

Full Definition of LACQUER

1
a :  a spirit varnish (as shellac)
b :  any of various durable natural varnishes; especially :  a varnish obtained from an Asian sumac (Rhus verniciflua) —called also Japanese lacquer
2
:  any of various clear or colored synthetic organic coatings that typically dry to form a film by evaporation of the solvent; especially :  a solution of a cellulose derivative (as nitrocellulose)

Examples of LACQUER

  1. Many coats of lacquer were applied to the table.

Origin of LACQUER

Portuguese lacré sealing wax, from laca lac, from Arabic lakk, from Persian lak — more at lac
First Known Use: 1592

2lacquer

verb
lac·queredlac·quer·ing \-k(ə-)riŋ\

Definition of LACQUER

transitive verb
1
:  to coat with or as if with lacquer
2
:  to give a smooth finish or appearance to :  make glossy <lacquered her hair>
lac·quer·er \-kər-ər\ noun

First Known Use of LACQUER

1688

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