• A varnish, consisting of a solution of shell-lac in alcohol,often colored with gamboge, saffron, or the like; -- used forvarnishing metals, papier-maché, and wood. The name is also given tovarnishes made of other ingredients, esp. the tough, solid varnish ofthe Japanese, with which ornamental objects are made.

  • –noun

    1. A protective coating consisting of a resin, cellulose ester, or both, dissolved in a volatile solvent, sometimes with pigment added.

    2. Any of various resinous varnishes, especially a resinous varnish obtained from a Japanese tree, Rhus verniciflua, used to produce a highly polished, lustrous surface on wood or the like.

    3. Also called lacquer ware, especially of wood, coated with such a varnish, and often inlaid: They collected fine Oriental lacquers.