- 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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Related Words for shellackdrub, subdue, smash, overwhelm, rout, trounce, blank, clobber, crush, conquer, defeat, overcome, vanquish, bulldoze, immobilize, murder, prostrate, overthrow, reduce, trash
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Historical Examples of shellack
Shellack—my Canton correspondent—a man I was anxious to be of use to when he came over!Vice Versa
- 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
Word Origin for shellac
C18: shell + lac 1, translation of French laque en écailles, literally: lac in scales, that is, in thin plates
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Word Origin and History for shellack
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