lacquer


lacquer
lacquer [lak′ər]
n.
[Fr laquer, earlier lacre < Port < laca, gum lac < Hindi lākh: see LAC]
1. a coating substance consisting of resinous materials, as cellulose esters or ethers, shellac, or gum or alkyd resins, dissolved in ethyl alcohol or other solvent that evaporates rapidly on application, leaving a tough, adherent film: pigments are often added to form lacquer enamels
2. a resinous varnish obtained from certain Chinese and Japanese trees (esp. Toxicodendron verniciflua) of the cashew family, used to give a hard, smooth, highly polished finish to wood
3. a decorative article or articles made of wood and coated with this lacquer: in full lacquerware or lacquerwork
vt.
to coat with or as with lacquer
lacquerer
n.

English World dictionary. . 2014.

Synonyms:
(of shellac), (with lacquer),


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