- 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.
Origin of Japan wax
First recorded in 1855–60
Also called Japan tallow, sumac wax.
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- a yellow wax obtained from the berries of plants of the genus Rhus. It is used in making matches, soaps, candles, and polishes