Japan wax

noun

Definition of Japan wax

: a yellowish fat obtained from the berries of several Asian sumacs (such as Rhus verniciflua and R. succedanea) and used chiefly in polishes

First Known Use of Japan wax

1859, in the meaning defined above

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“Japan wax.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Japan%20wax. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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