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  • n  lac purified by heating and filtering; usually in thin orange or yellow flakes but sometimes bleached white
  • n  a thin varnish made by dissolving lac in ethanol; used to finish wood
  • v  cover with shellac
    She wanted to shellac the desk to protect it from water spots

  • Angle for the stab: shellac comes from India, which seems to be in quite a jam right now.
  • Shellac sold as low as $9.
  • Initial heating of the phenol and formaldehyde (in the presence of an acid or base to get the reaction going) produced a shellac-like liquid good for coating surfaces like a varnish.
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  • Safety Town graduation
    Youngsters pick up their diplomas. The first Safety Town graduation of the summer was held Friday morning at Main Street School. Shellac Mani & Pedi Combo!
    June 16, 2013 - Norwalk Reflector

  • Keith Richards in USA Today
    I really treasured albums, but what's going to take their place is more interesting,says the Rolling Stones' Keith Richards. "I started off with shellac 78s. The format doesn't matter so much as long as you're getting music that sounds the...
  • Rick Perry in KVUE
    There is no way the Sooners are going to be able to stop the Longhorn stampede - especially since their defensive line plays on roller skates,Perry said. "I say Texas is going to shellac Oklahoma 41-10, and that's being charitable."
  • Steve Albini in Chicago Tribune
    That said, Albini adds: "I'd be lying if I said there wasn't some idea for a piece of Shellac music, or a project, rolling around in the back of my head every day. It could be something as ridiculous as a song title."

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