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[in-roh] /ˈɪn roʊ/
noun, plural inro.
a small lacquer box with compartments for medicines, cosmetics, etc., worn on the waist sash of the traditional Japanese costume.
Origin of inro
1610-20; < Japanese inrō < Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese yìn signature seal, chop + lǒng round lidded container; the inro was originally used to carry one's chop Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Look at this little netsuke, or inro, or sword-guard, and follow the workman as you admire each detail of the execution.

  • An inro, or pill-box, might require several years for perfection, though small enough to go into a fob.

    The Empire of the East H. B. Montgomery
Word Origin and History for inro

1610s, from Japanese, from Chinese yin "seal" + lung "basket."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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