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lac, resinous exudation from the bodies of females of a species of scale insect (Tachardia lacca), from which shellac is prepared. India is the chief source of shellac, although some is obtained from other areas in Southeast Asia. The insects feed on the sap of the twigs of certain tropical trees, some of which are cultivated for this purpose. The resinous secretion hardens upon exposure to air and forms a protective incrustation around the female and young, which are thus held fast to the twigs. The twigs are scraped to remove the incrustation; this crude lac material is known as stick lac. If the stick lac is crushed, the wood splinters and other foreign materials removed, and the red coloring matter produced by the insects dissolved out, the residue when dried is seed lac. Seed lac is melted, filtered, and stretched into thin sheets, which are broken into flakes when cool. Orange-colored shellac is made from these flakes by dissolving them in alcohol. White shellac is made from bleached lac.

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lac dark-red resin, red dye. XVI (lack(e), lacca).—(through Du. lak, F. laque, or Sp., Pg. laca, It. lacca) Hind. lākh :- Prakrit lakkhā- :- Skr. lāk⋅āc. Cf. LAKE2. SHELLAC.

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lac Name of an insect and the sticky substance it secretes and deposits onto twigs; the deposit is harvested in Asia for use in shellac and red lac dye. Species Laccifer lacca.

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Lac

a great number; specifically, 100,000.

Examples: lac of islands, 1881; of pagodas, 1692; of rupees, 1613; of years, 1613.

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