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furo

[foo r-oh; Japanese foo-raw] /ˈfʊər oʊ; Japanese ˈfu rɔ/
noun, plural furos Japanese, furo.
1.
a short, deep Japanese bathtub, often with a seat, in which a person sits upright while soaking in hot water.
Also called ofuro.
Origin
< Japanese, earlier *fū-ro < Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese fēnglú a kind of stove
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Japanese-style bath, typically using water heated to 110 F (43.3 C) or hotter. It is claimed that, because the bather may linger in the wooden or metal tub, the furo may have properties for the therapeutic relaxation of tensions. To achieve cleanliness, the bather washes before entering the tub. In bathrooms in private Japanese homes and in public bathhouses, the bathing facilities are always constructed separately from the washing and toilet facilities.

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