- An island nation in the Pacific Ocean, located the east of China, Korea and Russia.
Etymology: From a Italian traveller, Marco Polo's notation Chipangu.Most probably brought to Europe via sailors: Portuguese Jipang from Malay Jepang, ultimately from Chinese ææ.
- Dutch: Japan(nl)
- French: le Japon
- German: Japan(de)
- Italian: Giappone(it)m
- Spanish: Japón, el Japón
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- A hard black enamel varnish containing asphalt.
- lacquer, Lacquer ware.
- (transitive) To varnish with japan.
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