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lacquer

or lack·er

[lak-er]
noun
  1. a protective coating consisting of a resin, cellulose ester, or both, dissolved in a volatile solvent, sometimes with pigment added.
  2. any of various resinous varnishes, especially a resinous varnish obtained from a Japanese tree, Rhus verniciflua, used to produce a highly polished, lustrous surface on wood or the like.
  3. Also called lacquer ware, lac·quer·ware. ware, especially of wood, coated with such a varnish, and often inlaid: They collected fine Japanese lacquers.
  4. Slang. any volatile solvent that produces euphoria when inhaled.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to coat with lacquer.
  2. to cover, as with facile or fluent words or explanations cleverly worded, etc.; obscure the faults of; gloss (often followed by over): The speech tended to lacquer over the terrible conditions.
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Origin of lacquer

1570–80; earlier leckar, laker < Portuguese lacre, lacar, unexplained variant of laca < Arabic lakk < Persian lâk lac1
Related formslac·quer·er, nounre·lac·quer, verb (used with object)un·lac·quered, adjective
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  • Unlacquered brass may be polished as energetically and severely as any substance in the house.

    The Library of Work and Play: Housekeeping

    Elizabeth Hale Gilman


British Dictionary definitions for unlacquered

lacquer

noun
  1. a hard glossy coating made by dissolving cellulose derivatives or natural resins in a volatile solvent
  2. a black resinous substance, obtained from certain trees, used to give a hard glossy finish to wooden furniture
  3. lacquer tree Also called: varnish tree an E Asian anacardiaceous tree, Rhus verniciflua, whose stem yields a toxic exudation from which black lacquer is obtained
  4. Also called: hair lacquer a mixture of shellac and alcohol for spraying onto the hair to hold a style in place
  5. art decorative objects coated with such lacquer, often inlaid
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verb
  1. (tr) to apply lacquer to
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Derived Formslacquerer, noun

Word Origin

C16: from obsolete French lacre sealing wax, from Portuguese laca lac 1
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Word Origin and History for unlacquered

lacquer

n.

1570s as "dye obtained from lac;" 1670s as "lacquer," from obsolete French lacre, name for a kind of sealing wax, from Portuguese lacre, unexplained variant of lacca "resinous substance," from Arabic lakk, from Persian lak (see lac).

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lacquer

v.

"cover or coat with laqueur," 1680s, from lacquer (n.). Related: Lacquered; lacquering.

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