lacs

lac

1 [lak]
noun
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:
1545–55; < Hindi lākhSanskrit lākṣā

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lac

2 [lahk]
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

lac

3 [lak]
noun
(in prescriptions) milk.

Origin:
< Latin

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lac1 (læk)
 
n
a resinous substance secreted by certain lac insects, used in the manufacture of shellac
 
[C16: from Dutch lak or French laque, from Hindi lākh resin, ultimately from Sanskrit lākshā]

lac2 (lɑːk)
 
n
a variant spelling of lakh

LAC
 
abbreviation for
leading aircraftman

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lac
"red resinous substance," 1553, from Pers. lak, from Hindi lakh (Prakrit lakkha), from Skt. laksha, which according to Klein is lit. "one hundred thousand," in ref. 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 Skt. rakh,
from an IE root word for "color" [Webster]. Still another guess is that Skt. laksha is related to Eng. lax, lox "salmon," and the substance was perhaps originally so called from being somewhat the color of salmon.
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lac (lāk)
n.

  1. Milk.

  2. A whitish, milky looking liquid.

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Abbreviations & Acronyms
LAC
  1. Lacerta (constellation)

  2. LaCrosse encephalitis

  3. large area coverage

  4. local area coverage

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