Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Lac-dye is a red colouring matter obtained from lac (q.v.). It is usually obtained from the crude stick-lac by maceration with water and precipitation with milk of lime. The colour is due to a substance, Laccaic acid, present in the lac-dye. It has long been used in the East for silk and wool, and formerly it was very extensively used in Europe, chiefly in combination with cochineal, but later years have seen it diminish greatly in importance.

“It is most profitable, it is blessed, to be always looking beyond second causes in all our trials and distresses, and to discern the Lord's hand, in infinite love and wisdom, appointing all. For this brings the soul into a state of resignation and tranquility at least, if not of holy Joy.”
–Robert Hawker, Poor Man’s Commentary, Psalm 17