Definition of shellac noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ʃəˈlæk//
; NAmE NAmE//ʃəˈlæk//
; BrE BrE//ˈʃelæk//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃelæk//
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[uncountable] a natural substance used in making varnish to protect surfaces and make them hard Word Originmid 17th cent.: from shell + lac, translating French laque en écailles ‘lac in thin plates’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: shellac

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