Japan wax
noun Date: 1859 a yellowish fat obtained from the berries of several Asian sumacs (as Rhus verniciflua and R. succedanea) and used chiefly in polishes

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  • Japan wax — is a pale yellow, waxy, water insoluble solid with a gummy feel, obtained from the berries of certain sumacs native to Japan and China, such as Rhus verniciflua (Japanese sumac tree) and R. succedanea (Japanese wax tree). Japan wax is a byproduct …   Wikipedia

  • Japan wax — Japan′ wax n. chem. pln a pale yellow, waxy, water insoluble solid obtained from the fruit of certain sumacs, as Rhus succedanea, native to Japan and China: used chiefly in candles, polishes, and waxes • Etymology: 1855–60 …   From formal English to slang

  • Japan wax — n. a white, waxy fat obtained from the fruit of several Asiatic sumacs (esp. Toxicodendron verniciflua and T. succedanea), used in lubricants, polishes, etc …   English World dictionary

  • Japan wax — noun a yellow wax obtained from sumac berries; used in polishes • Syn: ↑Japan tallow • Hypernyms: ↑wax * * * noun or japan tallow Usage: usually capitalized J : a yellowish fat obtained from the be …   Useful english dictionary

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

  • Japan wax — /dʒəpæn ˈwæks/ (say juhpan waks) noun a natural wax obtained from the fruit of certain sumachs, containing a high proportion of palmitin; used in candles and polishes …   Australian English dictionary

  • Japan — lacquer or varnish; Japan wax also called Japan tallow or sumac wax …   Eponyms, nicknames, and geographical games

  • Japan tallow — noun a yellow wax obtained from sumac berries; used in polishes • Syn: ↑Japan wax • Hypernyms: ↑wax * * * noun see japan wax * * * Japan wax or Japan tallow noun A fat obtained from the berries of …   Useful english dictionary

  • Wax — For other uses, see Wax (disambiguation). Cetyl palmitate, a typical wax ester …   Wikipedia

  • Wax — Wax, n. [AS. weax; akin to OFries. wax, D. was, G. wachs, OHG. wahs, Icel. & Sw. vax, Dan. vox, Lith. vaszkas, Russ. vosk .] [1913 Webster] 1. A fatty, solid substance, produced by bees, and employed by them in the construction of their comb;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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