japan-wax

Japan wax

noun
a pale-yellow, waxy, water-insoluble solid obtained from the fruit of certain sumacs, especially Rhus succedanea, native to Japan and China: used chiefly in the manufacture of candles, furniture polishes, and floor waxes.
Also called Japan tallow, sumac wax.


Origin:
1855–60

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Japan wax or Japan tallow
 
n
a yellow wax obtained from the berries of plants of the genus Rhus. It is used in making matches, soaps, candles, and polishes
 
Japan tallow or Japan tallow
 
n

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