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varnish

[ vahr-nish ]
/ ˈvɑr nɪʃ /
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noun

verb (used with object)

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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
var·nish·er, nounvar·nish·y, adjectivere·var·nish, verb (used with object)well-varnished, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for varnish

varnish
/ (ˈvɑːnɪʃ) /

noun

verb (tr)

varnisher, noun
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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