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Japan (verb)

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To Japán. v.a. [from the noun.]

  1. To varnish, and embellish with gold and raised figures.

    For not the desk with silver nails,
    Nor bureau of expence,
    Nor standish well japan'd, avails
    To writing of good sense.
    Swift.

  2. To black shoes. A low phrase.

                                  The god of fire
    Among these gen'rous presents joins his part,
    And aids with soot the new japanning art.
    Gay's Trivia.

Sources: Gay, John (51) · Swift, Jonathan (306)

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