- lac that has been purified and formed into thin sheets, used for making varnish.
- a varnish (shellac varnish) made by dissolving this material in alcohol or a similar solvent.
- a phonograph record made of a breakable material containing shellac, especially one to be played at 78 r.p.m.: an LP that can hold nearly 10 times as much as the old shellac.
- to coat or treat with shellac.
- to defeat; trounce.
- to thrash soundly.
Origin of shellac
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A sine qua non is that the glass be hot enough to melt the shellac.
The cement consists of a mixture of shellac and 10 per cent of oil of cassia.
It is then coated with shellac by heating and rubbing upon the shellac.
On no account must the shellac be allowed to get overheated.
Shellac is the most common and the most useful of the spirit varnishes.Handwork in Wood
- a yellowish resin secreted by the lac insect, esp a commercial preparation of this used in varnishes, polishes, and leather dressings
- Also called: shellac varnish a varnish made by dissolving shellac in ethanol or a similar solvent
- a gramophone record based on shellac
- to coat or treat (an article) with a shellac varnish
- US slang to defeat completely