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lac

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[ lak ]
/ læk /
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noun
a resinous substance deposited on the twigs of various trees in southern Asia by the female of the lac insect: used in the manufacture of varnishes, sealing wax, etc., and in the production of a red coloring matter.Compare shellac (defs. 1, 2).
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Origin of lac

1
First recorded in 1400–50; Middle English lacca, from Dutch lak or French lac, laque, from Old French lacce, lache, from Medieval Latin lac, lacca, from Arabic lakk, from Persian lak, from Hindi lākh, from Prakrit lākkhā, from Sanskrit lākṣā

Other definitions for lac (2 of 4)

lac2
[ lahk ]
/ lɑk /

noun

Other definitions for lac (3 of 4)

lac3
[ lak ]
/ læk /

noun
(in prescriptions) milk.

Origin of lac

3
From Latin

Other definitions for lac (4 of 4)

LAC

leading aircraftsman.
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British Dictionary definitions for lac (1 of 3)

lac1
/ (læk) /

noun
a resinous substance secreted by certain lac insects, used in the manufacture of shellac

Word Origin for lac

C16: from Dutch lak or French laque, from Hindi lākh resin, ultimately from Sanskrit lākshā

British Dictionary definitions for lac (2 of 3)

lac2
/ (lɑːk) /

noun
a variant spelling of lakh

British Dictionary definitions for lac (3 of 3)

LAC
/ British /

abbreviation for
leading aircraftman
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Medical definitions for lac

lac
[ lăk ]

n.
Milk.
A whitish, milky looking liquid.
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