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

Examples of Japan wax in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The replica was constructed in London, with a head made of beeswax and Japan wax cast from a plaster mold, and human hair, inserted one strand at a time; it was dressed in a papaya-colored jumpsuit and Gucci sneakers from Williams’s own closet. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, 17 May 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1859, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Japan wax was in 1859

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“Japan wax.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Japan%20wax. Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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