lac insect


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lac insect

n.
Any of various scale insects that secrete lac, especially Kerria lacca (syn. Laccifer lacca) of southern Asia.

lac insect

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1. (Animals) any of various homopterous insects of the family Lacciferidae, esp Laccifer lacca of India, the females of which secrete lac
2. (Zoology) any of various homopterous insects of the family Lacciferidae, esp Laccifer lacca of India, the females of which secrete lac
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English cabinetmakers experimented with a number of different substances, coming nearest using shellac, a substance produced by the lac insect found in India and South East Asia.
For the pink color, instead of using the traditional yak wool, she used a natural color by boiling madder and lac (a scarlet resin secreted by the lac insect and harvested from an infested tree).
8) The Chinese favored a red derived from cinnabar, but India, like Europe, rendered its traditional profusion of red dyestuff from the lac insect, a creature similar to kermes, which was found on various types of trees in many parts of South Asia.