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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of japan.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Treated, or coated, with varnish in the Japanese manner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Covered with japan, or with something resembling it in effect.
  • Appearing as if varnished with japan: as, the japanned peacock, Pav. nigripennis.


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  • There is one strange fact with respect to the peacock, namely, the occasional appearance in England of the "japanned" or "black-shouldered" kind.

    The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Vol. I.

  • Cook and Johnston came tearing around the corner carrying a beautiful japanned sedan chair between them.

    Exit the Actress

  • The horses (dappled greys) are to be stabled at Whitehall, and the coach (japanned black lacquer with lots of gold trim—gaudy) brought round to her special entrance when she has use of it.

    Exit the Actress

  • Traveling on the liner Duchess of Richmond, the group carried "a small black japanned box," Mr. Phelps writes.

    Allied in the Quest for Radar

  • Tizard's mission to the U.S. brought along one of them in the japanned box.

    Allied in the Quest for Radar

  • Eugene came back with the champagne and two cut-glass flutes on a black japanned tray.


  • “Why, Boss, have you got yourself japanned?” he went on.

    Scenes from a Courtesan's Life

  • Mr. Commissioner Pordage kept in a red-and-black japanned box, like a family lump-sugar box, some document or other, which some Sambo chief or other had got drunk and spilt some ink over (as well as I could understand the matter), and by that means had given up lawful possession of the

    The Perils of Certain English Prisoners

  • So as it was pretty late now, and he was unwilling to ring his bell at that hour of the night, he slipped on his coat, of which he had just divested himself, and taking the japanned candlestick in his hand, walked quietly downstairs.

    The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club

  • The scene closing on these charmers, and the lower slide ascending, oranges were revealed, attended by a mighty japanned sugar – box, to temper their acerbity if unripe.

    The Mystery of Edwin Drood


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