japan | dʒəˈpan |
noun [ mass noun ]
a hard, dark, enamel-like varnish containing asphalt, used to give a black gloss to metal objects.
• a kind of varnish in which pigments are ground, typically used to imitate lacquer on wood.
• articles made in a Japanese style, especially when decorated with lacquer or enamel-like varnish.
verb (japans, japanning, japanned) [ with obj. ] cover (something) with a hard black varnish: (as adj. japanned) : a japanned tin tray.
Japanning describes the European imitation of Asian lacquerwork, originally used on furniture.
ORIGIN late 17th cent.: from Japan.
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