Laccifer lacca
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. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

{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}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • laccifer — ˈlaksəfə(r) noun Usage: capitalized Etymology: New Latin, from lacca + i + fer : a genus (the type of the family Lacciferidae) that comprises the commercially important lac insects …   Useful english dictionary

  • Coccus lacca — 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}… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Kerria laccifera — Lackschildlaus Systematik Ordnung: Schnabelkerfe (Hemiptera) Unterordnung: Pflanzenläuse (Sternorrhyncha) Überfamilie: Schildläuse (Coccoidea) …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Lackschildlaus — Systematik Ordnung: Schnabelkerfe (Hemiptera) Unterordnung: Pflanzenläuse (Sternorrhyncha) Überfamilie: Schildläuse (Coccoidea) Familie …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • shellac — A resinous excretion of an insect, Laccifer (Tachardia) lacca (family Coccidae). The insects suck the juice of various resiniferous Asiatic (chiefly Indian) trees and excrete and deposit “stick lac.” S. softens at a low temperature. It has many… …   Medical dictionary

  • Ceylon lac — 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}… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Croton Draco — 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}… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Croton lacciferum — 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}… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lac dye — 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}… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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