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Examples from the Web for lac
The sixteen lac which was left, therefore, required to be well economized, and well administered.
They had now walked round the Lac d'Amour, and the two friends paused for some time on the other bridge.The Saint|Antonio Fogazzaro
The order was, that the Nabob's stipend should be reduced to sixteen lac a year from the month of January.
Most of the country is forest, producing only timber and lac but said to be rich in iron ore.
The king admired them, and bought them; he, moreover, gave the merchants a lac of rupees to purchase more horses for him.The Jest Book|Mark Lemon
British Dictionary definitions for lac (1 of 3)
Word Origin for lac
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Word Origin and History for lac
"red resinous substance," 1550s (perhaps via Middle French lacce), earlier lacca (early 15c., from Medieval Latin form lacca), from Persian lak, from Hindi lakh (Prakrit lakkha), from Sanskrit laksha "red dye," which according to Klein is literally "one hundred thousand," in reference to the insects that gather in great numbers on the trees and make the resin run out. But others say lakh is an alteration of Sanskrit rakh, from an IE root word for "color, dye" [Watkins]. Still another guess is that Sanskrit laksha is related to English lax, lox "salmon," and the substance was perhaps originally so called from being somewhat the color of salmon [Barnhart].