lac insect

[ lak ]

  1. a scale insect, Laccifer lacca, of southeast Asia, the female of which secretes lac, a substance used in the preparation of shellac, wax, etc.

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How to use lac insect in a sentence

  • In the case of the lac insect (C. lacca), for example, the female resembles a little hemispherical scale on the twig of a tree.

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  • Lac, lak, n. a dark-red transparent resin produced on the twigs of trees in the East by the lac insect, used in dyeing.

British Dictionary definitions for lac insect

lac insect

/ (læk) /

  1. any of various homopterous insects of the family Lacciferidae, esp Laccifer lacca of India, the females of which secrete lac

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