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Meaning of JAPAN

Pronunciation:  ju'pan, ju'pan

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  lacquer with a durable glossy black finish, originally from the orient
  2. [n]  lacquerware decorated and varnished in the Japanese manner with a glossy durable black lacquer
  3. [n]  a string of more than 3,000 islands east of Asia extending 1,300 miles between the Sea of Japan and the western Pacific Ocean
  4. [n]  a constitutional monarchy occupying the Japanese Archipelago; a world leader in electronics and automobile manufacture and ship building
  5. [v]  lacquer with japan

JAPAN is a 5 letter word that starts with J.


 Synonyms: Japanese Archipelago, Japanese Islands, Nihon, Nippon
 See Also: archipelago, Asia, Asian country, Asian nation, Ezo, Fuji, Fuji-san, Fujiyama, Hokkaido, Hondo, Honshu, Japanese, Kammon Strait Bridge, Kyushu, lacquer, lacquer, lacquerware, Nipponese, Osaka Bay, Pacific, Pacific Ocean, Ryukyu Islands, Shikoku, Yezo



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Ja*pan"\, n. [From Japan, the country.]
    Work varnished and figured in the Japanese manner; also, the
    varnish or lacquer used in japanning.
  2. \Ja*pan"\, a.
    Of or pertaining to Japan, or to the lacquered work of that
    country; as, Japan ware.
    {Japan allspice} (Bot.), a spiny shrub from Japan
       ({Chimonanthus fragrans}), related to the Carolina
    {Japan black} (Chem.), a quickly drying black lacquer or
       varnish, consisting essentially of asphaltum dissolved in
       naphtha or turpentine, and used for coating ironwork; --
       called also {Brunswick black}, {Japan lacquer}, or simply
    {Japan camphor}, ordinary camphor brought from China or
       Japan, as distinguished from the rare variety called
       borneol or Borneo camphor.
    {Japan clover}, or {Japan pea} (Bot.), a cloverlike plant
       ({Lespedeza striata}) from Eastern Asia, useful for
       fodder, first noticed in the Southern United States about
       1860, but now become very common. During the Civil War it
       was called variously {Yankee clover} and {Rebel clover}.
    {Japan earth}. See {Catechu}.
    {Japan ink}, a kind of writing ink, of a deep, glossy black
       when dry.
    {Japan varnish}, a varnish prepared from the milky juice of
       the {Rhus vernix}, a small Japanese tree related to the
       poison sumac.
  3. \Ja*pan"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Japanned}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    1. To cover with a coat of hard, brilliant varnish, in the
       manner of the Japanese; to lacquer.
    2. To give a glossy black to, as shoes. [R.] --Gay.