AskDefine | Define shellacked

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1 lac purified by heating and filtering; usually in thin orange or yellow flakes but sometimes bleached white
2 a thin varnish made by dissolving lac in ethanol; used to finish wood [syn: shellac varnish] v : cover with shellac; "She wanted to shellac the desk to protect it from water spots" [also: shellacking, shellacked]shellacked See shellac

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  1. coated in shellac


  • 1986, David Leavitt, The Lost Language of Cranes, Penguin, paperback edition, page 41
    At Boy Bar, the bouncers, two tall, emaciated young men with shellacked hair under their bowler hats, were standing just inside the door to escape the cold.
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