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n. pl. inro
A small, usually ornamented box that is hung from the waist sash of a Japanese kimono and has compartments for holding small objects such as cosmetics, perfumes, or medicines.
[Japanese inrō : in, stamp, seal (from Middle Chinese ʔjin`; also the source of Mandarin, yìn) + rō, bamboo box, envelop (from Middle Chinese ləwŋ´; also the source of Mandarin, lǒng).]
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(Historical Terms) Japanese history a small box for carrying objects such as seals and medicines, worn at the waist
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n., pl. -ro.
a small lacquer box with compartments for medicines, cosmetics, etc., worn on the waist sash of the Japanese kimono.
[1610–20; < Japanese inrō < Middle Chinese]
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