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shellac

shel·lac

shellac

pronunciation:
sh laek
parts of speech:
noun, verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: thin sheets or flakes of a material produced by insects. It is used in making varnish and other products.
definition 2: a liquid used to coat furniture and floors to protect them and make them shine.
 
part of speech: verb
inflections: shellacked, shellacking, shellacs
definition 1: to cover with shellac.
The living room floor glowed after we shellacked it.
definition 2: (slang) to defeat.
The team shellacked their opponent.
similar words:
lick
derivation: shellacker (n.)
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