What is lac?

  • (noun): Resinlike substance secreted by certain lac insects; used in e.g. varnishes and sealing wax.


Lac is the scarlet resinous secretion of a number of species of insects, namely some of the species of the genera Metatachardia, Laccifer, Tachordiella, Austrotacharidia, Afrotachardina, and Tachardina of the superfamily Coccoidea, of which the most commonly cultivated species is Kerria lacca.

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Some articles on lac:

Lac - Species
... Kerria lacca - the true lac scale ... Paratachardina decorella - the rosette lac scale ... Paratachardina pseudolobata - the lobate lac scale ...