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1. shellac

noun. ['ˈʃɛˌlæk'] a thin varnish made by dissolving lac in ethanol; used to finish wood.

Synonyms

  • lac
  • French polish
  • varnish
  • shellac varnish

Antonyms

  • unseal
  • unfasten

Etymology

  • lac (English)
  • laca (Portuguese)
  • shell (English)
  • schelle (Middle English (1100-1500))

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2. shellac

noun. ['ˈʃɛˌlæk'] lac purified by heating and filtering; usually in thin orange or yellow flakes but sometimes bleached white.

Synonyms

  • lac

Etymology

  • lac (English)
  • laca (Portuguese)
  • shell (English)
  • schelle (Middle English (1100-1500))

3. shellac

verb. ['ˈʃɛˌlæk'] cover with shellac.

Synonyms

  • shellack
  • seal

Etymology

  • lac (English)
  • laca (Portuguese)
  • shell (English)
  • schelle (Middle English (1100-1500))

Example sentences of the word shellac


1. Adjective
If you choose this route, you need to seal any knots in the wood with shellac prior to priming or painting.

2. Noun, singular or mass
Brush a thin coat of shellac on to the wood, following the direction of the grain.

3. Verb, base form
Covering berries with three or more coats of aerosol hair spray will also satisfactorily shellac them for use in floral arrangements.

4. Verb, past participle
Commonly, you apply shellac by painting or brushing the shellac onto the wood.

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