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varnish

noun [C or U] uk   /ˈvɑː.nɪʃ/ us    /ˈvɑːr-/
a liquid that is painted onto wood or paintings to protect the surface, or the hard shiny surface it produces when it dries: Polyurethane varnish provides a tough, scratch-resistant finish. a final coat of (clear) varnish

varnish

verb [T] uk   /ˈvɑː.nɪʃ/ us    /ˈvɑːr-/
to put varnish on a surface: They decided to spend the weekend varnishing their boat. UK to use nail varnish
Translations of “varnish”
in Korean 광택제…
in Arabic وَرْنيش…
in French vernis…
in Turkish vernik…
in Italian lacca, vernice…
in Chinese (Traditional) 清漆, 罩光漆, 亮光漆…
in Russian лак…
in Polish lakier…
in Spanish barniz…
in Portuguese verniz…
in German der Lack, die Politur…
in Catalan vernís…
in Japanese ニス, ワニス…
in Chinese (Simplified) 清漆, 罩光漆…
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