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Meaning of Chinese wax

Chi'nese wax'

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. a white to yellowish-white, gelatinous, water-insoluble substance obtained from the wax secreted by certain insects, esp. a Chinese scale (Ericerus pela): used chiefly in the manufacture of polishes, sizes, and candles. Also called
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