Chinese wax


Definition of Chinese wax

: a white or yellowish white crystalline wax resembling spermaceti but harder, more friable, and higher melting that is deposited on certain trees by a scale (Ceroplastes ceriferus) common in China and India or a related scale (Ericerus pela) of China and Japan and is used chiefly for making candles, polishing materials, and sizes for paper

called also Chinese insect wax, insect wax

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“Chinese wax.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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