Dark red transparent resin used to make shellac.
Resinlike substance secreted by certain lac insects; used in e.g. varnishes and sealing wax.
Resinous incrustation exuded by the female of the lac insect Laccifer lacca, which eventually covers the twigs of trees in India and the Far East. The gathered twigs are known as stick lac, and yield a useful crimson dye; shellac, which is used in varnishes, polishes, and leather dressings, is manufactured commercially by melting the separated resin and spreading it into thin layers or flakes.
Objet d'art en laque.
ETYM French lacre a sort of sealing wax, Portu. lacte, from laca lac. Related to Lac the resin.
1. A black resinous substance obtained from certain trees and used as a natural varnish.
2. A hard glossy coating.
Waterproof resinous varnish obtained from Oriental trees Toxicodendron verniciflua, and used for decorating furniture and art objects. It can be applied to wood, fabric, leather, or other materials, with or without added colors. The technique of making and carving small lacquerwork objects was developed in China, probably as early as the 4th century bc, and was later adopted in Japan.