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[lak] /læk/
noun
1.
a resinous substance deposited on the twigs of various trees in southern Asia by the female of the lac insect: used in the manufacture of varnishes, sealing wax, etc., and in the production of a red coloring matter.
Compare shellac (defs 1, 2).
Origin
1545-1555
1545-55; < Hindi lākhSanskrit lākṣā

lac2

[lahk] /lɑk/
noun
1.
(in India)
2.
the sum of 100,000, especially of rupees. The usual punctuation for sums of Indian money above a lac is with a comma after the number of lacs: Rs. 30,52,000 (i.e., 30 lacs and 52,000) instead of 3,052,000.
3.
an indefinitely large number.
Also, lakh.
Origin
1605-15; < Hindi lākhSanskrit lakṣa

lac3

[lak] /læk/
noun
1.
(in prescriptions) milk.
Origin
< Latin

LAC

1.
leading aircraftsman.
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British Dictionary definitions for lac

lac1

/læk/
noun
1.
a resinous substance secreted by certain lac insects, used in the manufacture of shellac
Word Origin
C16: from Dutch lak or French laque, from Hindi lākh resin, ultimately from Sanskrit lākshā

lac2

/lɑːk/
noun
1.
a variant spelling of lakh

LAC

abbreviation
1.
leading aircraftman

lakh

/lɑːk/
noun
1.
(in India and Pakistan) the number 100 000, esp when referring to this sum of rupees
Word Origin
C17: from Hindi lākh, ultimately from Sanskrit lakshā a sign
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Word Origin and History for lac
n.

"red resinous substance," 1550s (perhaps via Middle French lacce), earlier lacca (early 15c., from Medieval Latin form lacca), from Persian lak, from Hindi lakh (Prakrit lakkha), from Sanskrit laksha "red dye," which according to Klein is literally "one hundred thousand," in reference to the insects that gather in great numbers on the trees and make the resin run out. But others say lakh is an alteration of Sanskrit rakh, from an IE root word for "color, dye" [Watkins]. Still another guess is that Sanskrit laksha is related to English lax, lox "salmon," and the substance was perhaps originally so called from being somewhat the color of salmon [Barnhart].

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lac in Medicine

lac (lāk)
n.

  1. Milk.

  2. A whitish, milky looking liquid.

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Related Abbreviations for lac

LAC

  1. Lacerta (constellation)
  2. LaCrosse encephalitis
  3. large area coverage
  4. local area coverage
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Encyclopedia Article for lac

sticky, resinous secretion of the tiny lac insect, Laccifer lacca, which is a species of scale insect. This insect deposits lac on the twigs and young branches of several varieties of soapberry and acacia trees and particularly on the sacred fig, Ficus religiosa, in India, Thailand, Myanmar (Burma), and elsewhere in Southeast Asia. The lac is harvested predominantly for the production of shellac (q.v.) and lac dye, a red dye widely used in India and other Asian countries. Forms of lac, including shellac, are the only commercial resins of animal origin

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