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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.

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Also called Japan tallow, sumac wax.

Origin of Japan wax

First recorded in 1855–60
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Japan wax

Japan tallow


noun

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