Note: Do not rely on this information. It is very old.
Japan Wax, a white, brittle wax with a. peculiar resinous odour, which is obtained from the fruit of certain plants, e.g. Rhus sglvestris, which occur in Japan and China. It melts at about 54° F., and has a specific gravity from -98 to 1-01, so that it usually just floats on water. It is employed for a variety of purposes, as for polishing furniture, in the manufacture of candles, perfumery, etc.