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Japan wax[jə′pan ¦waks]
A pale-yellow wax with rancid aroma obtained from the berries of sumac; soluble in benzene and naphtha, insoluble in water; melts at 53°C; used in wax products, polishes, and soaps, and as a beeswax substitute. Also known as Japan tallow; sumac wax.
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