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inro

[ in-roh ]

noun

, plural in·ro.
  1. a small lacquer box with compartments for medicines, cosmetics, etc., worn on the waist sash of the traditional Japanese costume.


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Word History and Origins

Origin of inro1

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

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Example Sentences

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.

To his side was tied a gold-lacquered inro, and his paunch was much distended and as round as a large bowl.

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