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Lac \Lac\, n. [Per. lak; akin to Skr. l[=a]ksh[=a]: cf. F. lague, It. & NL. lacca. Cf. Lake a color, Lacquer, Litmus.] A resinous substance produced mainly on the banyan tree, but to some extent on other trees, by the Laccifer lacca (formerly Coccus lacca), a scale-shaped insect, the female of which fixes herself on the bark, and exudes from the margin of her body this resinous substance.

Note: Stick-lac is the substance in its natural state, incrusting small twigs. When broken off, and the coloring matter partly removed, the granular residuum is called seed-lac. When melted, and reduced to a thin crust, it is called shell-lac or shellac. Lac is an important ingredient in sealing wax, dyes, varnishes, and lacquers.

Ceylon lac, a resinous exudation of the tree Croton lacciferum, resembling lac.

Lac dye, a scarlet dye obtained from stick-lac.

Lac lake, the coloring matter of lac dye when precipitated from its solutions by alum.

Mexican lac, an exudation of the tree Croton Draco.


Lac \Lac\ (l[a^]k), Lakh \Lakh\ (l[aum]k), n. [Hind. lak, l[=a]kh, l[=a]ksh, Skr. laksha a mark, sign, lakh.] One hundred thousand; also, a vaguely great number; as, a lac of rupees. [Written also lack.] [East Indies]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"red resinous substance," 1550s (perhaps via Middle French lacce), earlier lacca (early 15c., from Medieval Latin form lacca), from Persian lak, from Hindi lakh (Prakrit lakkha), from Sanskrit laksha "red dye," of uncertain origin. According to Klein, literally "one hundred thousand," in reference to the insects that gather in great numbers on the trees and make the resin run out. But others say lakh is an alteration of Sanskrit rakh, from an IE root word for "color, dye" [Watkins]. Still another guess is that Sanskrit laksha is related to English lax, lox "salmon," and the substance was perhaps originally so called from being somewhat the color of salmon [Barnhart].


Etymology 1 n. A resinous substance produced mainly on the banyan tree by the female of (taxlink Kerria lacca species noshow=1), a scale insect. Etymology 2

alt. One hundred thousand (commonly used in Pakistan and India). n. One hundred thousand (commonly used in Pakistan and India). Etymology 3

n. (context slang English) Short for Cadillac.


n. resinlike substance secreted by certain lac insects; used in e.g. varnishes and sealing wax


LAC may refer to:

Lac (disambiguation)

Lac is a resinous substance produced by insects.

It is also a toponym: the Lac Region and Lac Prefecture are both districts in Chad, the Lac district of Switzerland is in the canton of Fribourg and Lac is the name of a village in Voloiac Commune, Mehedinţi County, Romania.

Lac may also refer to:

  • A character in Arthurian romance, father of Erec
  • Lac Viet, the ancient people of northern Vietnam, also called Lạc in Vietnamese and Luòyuè in Chinese
  • lác, an element in Anglo-Saxon names meaning "fight, play"
  • Laç, a city in Albania
  • Lac, French for Lake (body of water)
  • Lac is a unit in the South Asian numbering system equal to one hundred thousand (100,000)

As an abbreviation it may stand for:

  • a standard astronomical constellation abbreviation of Lacerta
  • Lac operon, controlling the metabolism of lactose in bacteria such as E. coli
  • L.Ac., Licensed Acupuncturist, see Regulation of acupuncture
  • Library and Archives Canada
  • Longburn Adventist College, a Seventh-day Adventist school near Palmerston North in New Zealand
  • Linea Aerea Cuencana, a regional airline operating out of Cuenca, Ecuador
  • Location Area Code, a 16-digit fixed length code that identifies the phone's location area within a GSM public land mobile network.
  • Liga Antituberculosa Colombiana

Laç (; ) is a town and a former municipality in Lezhë County, northwestern Albania. At the 2015 local government reform it became a subdivision and the seat of the municipality Kurbin. It was the administrative center of the former Kurbin District. The population at the 2011 census was 17,086. Its associated football (soccer) club is KF Laçi.

Usage examples of "lac".

Shere Mahomed, Ameer of Meerpore, on his own application was allowed, on the payment of half a lac of rupees yearly, to participate in the treaty granted to the Ameers of Hyderabad.

With the lac ammoniacum thus prepared, draw with a pencil, or write with a pen on paper, or vellum, the intended figure or letters of the gilding.

LACs rely on the capacitor rings to power their offensive armament, and a lot of them rely on the capacitors even for their point-defense clusters.

Maybe then we could at least have gotten a directional bearing for the LAC sweeps.

Alliance LACs were killed in the fleeting moments Smirnoff had to engage them, but at a price.

No headlights followed me away from Lac La Hache, as the pLace was called, but by the time the sun had come up and burned the mists out of the hollows where it lay like cotton, the beat-up red car had taken up its station behind me once more.

If he could pick off the CLACs, or even just hammer them badly enough to force them to withdraw into hyper, all the LACs the Peeps had committed to their probe would be doomed, whatever else happened.

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Sheikh Ahmed started back for Poona with the lac of rupees he had promised in the name of the Padishah and half a lac more for his own recompense.

At this point of his conquests Hyder Ali was checked by Madhoo Row, the Peishwa of the Mahrattas, who crossed the Kistna with an immense body of cavalry, and not only deprived him of some of his recent acquisitions, but compelled him to pay thirty two lacs of rupees.

Before Colonel Smith and the nizam, however, could join their forces to those of the peishwa, he had consented, on the payment of thirty-five lacs of rupees, to retire from the confederacy, and to quit Mysore.

Three hundred of the survivors were penetration-aid EW platforms, without laser heads, and almost half the remaining twenty-nine hundred lost lock and reacquired not starships, but the nearer, more readily seen LACs.

LAC Harvey of the Motor Transport, whose promotion had been blocked by a stiff dose of the Syph in India, which lent him much prestige.

The one that would take them most quickly to rugged country entailed a short voyage northeast, across the narrow upper portion of the Lac de Bresse to canyons leading into the heavily forested Vosges highlands.

So they beheld you on the shore of the Lac de Bresse in your bid for freedom.