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shellac

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noun shel·lac \shə-ˈlak\

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 and Etymology of shellac

1shell + lac


First Known Use: 1704


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shellac

transitive verb shel·lac

Definition of shellac

shellacked

shellacking

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

  2. 2 :  to defeat decisively

1876

First Known Use of shellac

1876


SHELLAC Defined for English Language Learners

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shellac

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noun shel·lac \shə-ˈlak\

Definition of shellac for English Language Learners

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


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shellac

transitive verb shel·lac

Definition of shellac for English Language Learners

  • : to coat (something) with shellac

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


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

shellacked

shellacking

  1. :  to coat with shellac



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