\ ˈlak How to pronounce lac (audio) \

Definition of lac

: a resinous substance secreted by a scale insect (Laccifer lacca) and used chiefly in the form of shellac

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And the red paint in the upper layers of the painting bears the chemical signature of red lac (or red lake), a dye made from the laccaic acid found in parts of plants or insects. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "What’s eating this 400-year-old painting? A whole ecosystem of microbes," 11 Dec. 2018 The most common species is perch, often served as filets de perche du lac Léman, or Lake Geneva perch filets. Jake Emen, USA TODAY, "Swiss cheese, chocolate and wine in scenic Geneva," 21 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of lac

1657, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lac

Persian lak & Hindi & Urdu lākh, from Sanskrit lākṣā

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The first known use of lac was in 1657

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