|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|
see take a shellacking.