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shellac (ʃəˈlæk, ˈʃɛlæk)
1.  a yellowish resin secreted by the lac insect, esp a commercial preparation of this used in varnishes, polishes, and leather dressings
2.  Also called: shellac varnish a varnish made by dissolving shellac in ethanol or a similar solvent
3.  a gramophone record based on shellac
vb , -lacs, -lacking, -lacked
4.  to coat or treat (an article) with a shellac varnish
5.  slang (US) to defeat completely
[C18: shell + lac1, translation of French laque en écailles, literally: lac in scales, that is, in thin plates]

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