oil varnish

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noun

See under varnish(def 1).

Nearby words

  1. oil sands,
  2. oil shale,
  3. oil slick,
  4. oil spill,
  5. oil tanker,
  6. oil well,
  7. oil-cooled,
  8. oil-harden,
  9. oil-immersion objective,
  10. oil-plant

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 oil varnish

oil varnish

noun

another name for varnish (def. 1)

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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Word Origin and History for oil varnish
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