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


  • His characters spoke their usual brittle, japanned British, but the effect was biting satire, not light comedy.


  • Hamilton Hall's 2013 americana lecture features decorative arts specialist Stephen Fletcher

    After forty years in the auction business, Stephen Fletcher has accumulated a few stories. From the japanned high chest that was taken out of a dark, uninhabited family home in an old New England manufacturing town to the rare French Canadian commode supporting a television set on Marthaâs Vineyard, he has made a career of finding extraordinary treasures in unexpected places.
    on August 21, 2013     Source: Boston.com

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