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shellac

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noun shel·lac \shə-ˈlak\

Simple Definition of shellac

  • : a clear liquid that dries into a hard coating and that is put on a surface to protect it

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of shellac

  1. 1 :  purified lac usually prepared in thin orange or yellow flakes by heating and filtering and often bleached white

  2. 2 :  a preparation of lac dissolved usually in alcohol and used chiefly as a wood filler and finish

  3. 3a :  a composition containing shellac formerly used for making phonograph recordsb :  an old 78 rpm phonograph record

Origin of shellac

1shell + lac


First Known Use: 1704

Rhymes with shellac

aback, ack-ack, alack, amtrac, Anzac, arrack, attack, backpack, backtrack, Balzac, bareback, blackjack, blowback, bootblack, bootjack, brushback, bushwhack, buyback, callback, calpac, carjack, champac, cheapjack, coatrack, come back, comeback, cookshack, crackback, crookback, cut back, cutback, Dayak, dieback, Dirac, draw back, drawback, fall back, fallback, fastback, fast-track, fatback, feedback, finback, fireback, flapjack, flashback, fullback, gimcrack, giveback, graywacke, greenback, gripsack, guaiac, halfback, half-track, hardback, hardhack, hardtack, hatchback, hayrack, haystack, hijack, hogback, hold back, holdback, hopsack, horseback, humpback, hunchback, Iraq, jam-pack, jet-black, Kanak, Karnak, kayak, Kazak, kickback, knapsack, knickknack, kulak, kyack, laid-back, lampblack, leaseback, linac, macaque, man jack, manpack, Micmac, mossback, muntjac, Muzak, notchback, offtrack, one-track, outback, packsack, payback, pitch-black, play back, playback, plow back, plowback, Prozac, pullback, quillback, racetrack, ransack, rickrack, roll back, rollback, roorback, rucksack, runback, sad sack, scatback, serac, set back, setback, shellback, shoeblack, shoepac, sidetrack, six-pack, skewback, skipjack, skyjack, slapjack, slotback, Slovak, smokejack, smokestack, snap back, snapback, snowpack, softback, sumac, swayback, sweepback, swept-back, switchback, tailback, tarmac, thornback, throw back, throwback, thumbtack, ticktack, tieback, tie tack, tombac, touchback, tow sack, trictrac, tripack, unpack, wetback, whaleback, wingback, wisecrack, wolf pack, woolpack, woolsack, yashmak, zwieback


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shellac

transitive verb shel·lac

Simple Definition of shellac

  • : to coat (something) with shellac

  • : to defeat (a person or team) easily and completely

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of shellac

shellackedshellacking

  1. 1 :  to coat or otherwise treat with shellac or a shellac varnish

  2. 2 :  to defeat decisively

Examples of shellac in a sentence

  1. <the local soccer team was shellacked 35–0 in their final outing for the season>



1876

First Known Use of shellac

1876


SHELLAC Defined for Kids

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shellac

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noun shel·lac \shə-ˈlak\

Definition of shellac for Students

  1. :  a varnish made from a material that is given off by an insect and that is dissolved usually in alcohol




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shellac

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verb shel·lac

Definition of shellac for Students

shellackedshellacking

  1. :  to coat with shellac





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