1. [syn: japanese clover, japan clover, jap clover, Lespedeza striata]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Japan \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
Japan varnish, a varnish prepared from the milky juice of
the Rhus vernix, a small Japanese tree related to the
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: an annual of tropical Asia naturalized in United States
[syn: japanese clover, japan clover, jap clover,