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lacquer

[lak-er] /ˈlæk ər/
noun
1.
a protective coating consisting of a resin, cellulose ester, or both, dissolved in a volatile solvent, sometimes with pigment added.
2.
any of various resinous varnishes, especially a resinous varnish obtained from a Japanese tree, Rhus verniciflua, used to produce a highly polished, lustrous surface on wood or the like.
3.
Also called lacquer ware, lacquerware. ware, especially of wood, coated with such a varnish, and often inlaid:
They collected fine Oriental lacquers.
4.
Slang. any volatile solvent that produces euphoria when inhaled.
verb (used with object)
5.
to coat with lacquer.
6.
to cover, as with facile or fluent words or explanations cleverly worded, etc.; obscure the faults of; gloss (often followed by over):
The speech tended to lacquer over the terrible conditions.
Also, lacker.
Origin
1570-1580
1570-80; earlier leckar, laker < Portuguese lacre, lacar, unexplained variant of laca < Arabic lakk < Persian lâk lac1
Related forms
lacquerer, noun
relacquer, verb (used with object)
unlacquered, adjective
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lacquer

/ˈlækə/
noun
1.
a hard glossy coating made by dissolving cellulose derivatives or natural resins in a volatile solvent
2.
a black resinous substance, obtained from certain trees, used to give a hard glossy finish to wooden furniture
3.
lacquer tree Also called varnish tree. an E Asian anacardiaceous tree, Rhus verniciflua, whose stem yields a toxic exudation from which black lacquer is obtained
4.
Also called hair lacquer. a mixture of shellac and alcohol for spraying onto the hair to hold a style in place
5.
(art) decorative objects coated with such lacquer, often inlaid
verb
6.
(transitive) to apply lacquer to
Derived Forms
lacquerer, noun
Word Origin
C16: from obsolete French lacre sealing wax, from Portuguese lacalac1
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lacquer

n.

1570s as "dye obtained from lac;" 1670s as "lacquer," from obsolete French lacre, name for a kind of sealing wax, from Portuguese lacre, unexplained variant of lacca "resinous substance," from Arabic lakk, from Persian lak (see lac).

v.

"cover or coat with laqueur," 1680s, from lacquer (n.). Related: Lacquered; lacquering.

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