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shellac

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noun shel·lac \ shə-ˈlak \

Definition of shellac

1 :purified lac usually prepared in thin orange or yellow flakes by heating and filtering and often bleached white
2 :a preparation of lac dissolved usually in alcohol and used chiefly as a wood filler and finish
3 a :a composition containing shellac formerly used for making phonograph records
b :an old 78 rpm phonograph record

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Origin and Etymology of shellac

1shell + lac


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shellac

verb

Definition of shellac

shellacked; shellacking
transitive verb
1 :to coat or otherwise treat with shellac or a shellac varnish
2 :to defeat decisively

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First Known Use of shellac

1876


SHELLAC Defined for English Language Learners

shellac

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noun

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


shellac

verb

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

: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

verb

Definition of shellac for Students

shellacked; shellacking
:to coat with shellac


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