natural varnish

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noun

See under varnish(def 2).

Nearby words

  1. natural rubber,
  2. natural science,
  3. natural selection,
  4. natural slope,
  5. natural theology,
  6. natural virtue,
  7. natural virtues,
  8. natural wastage,
  9. natural-born,
  10. naturalise

varnish

[ vahr-nish ]
/ ˈvɑr nɪʃ /

noun

verb (used with object)

Origin of varnish

1300–50; Middle English varnisch < Middle French vernis, verniz < Medieval Latin vernicium sandarac < Medieval Greek bernī́kē, syncopated variant of Greek Berenī́kē, city in Cyrenaica

SYNONYMS FOR varnish
Related formsvar·nish·er, nounvar·nish·y, adjectivere·var·nish, verb (used with object)well-var·nished, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for natural varnish

varnish

/ (ˈvɑːnɪʃ) /

noun

verb (tr)

Derived Formsvarnisher, noun

Word Origin for varnish

C14: from Old French vernis, from Medieval Latin veronix sandarac, resin, from Medieval Greek berenikē, perhaps from Greek Berenikē, city in Cyrenaica, Libya where varnishes were used

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