Meaning of Japan wax

Japan' wax"

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  1. a pale-yellow, waxy, water-insoluble solid obtained from the fruit of certain sumacs, esp. Rhus succedanea, native to Japan and China: used chiefly in the manufacture of candles, furniture polishes, and floor waxes. Also called
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