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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) + , 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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(ˈɪn roʊ)

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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Inro are beautifully crafted boxes which emerged as the most popular type of sagemono, while the ojime is a sliding bead through which the cord holding the box passes, keeping the inro closed.
Rutherston & Bandini are specialist dealers in Japanese Antiques and works of art, principally netsuke and inro, but including antique Japanese sword fittings, ceramics and lacquerware.
Wines & Vines spoke with oak suppliers to gain insights inro what types of adjuncts and additives are on the market and how they best match each stage of the winemaking process.
Thermocouples are available either as bare wire, offering lower cost and faster response times, or built inro probes designed for specific uses depending on their type of construction or insulation material used.
The second challenge will be how to manage the rush inro "freedom" when the constraints on society are removed.
INRO HAS SUCCESSFULLY commissioned the world's first automated standard reach truck for a commercial warehouse.
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One piece from Mr Wrangham's collection - a 19th-Century traditional Japanese case, known as an inro - sold for a record-breaking pounds 162,000 while other lots sold to global collectors for many thousands of pounds over their pre-sale estimates.
Another possibility is it just worked loose from his mouth during the night and somehow made its way through his head where it lodged deeper and depper inro his ear.
From August 1997 until December 2003 he worked at the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO Inro).
Thus, out of 58, just 17 were considered valid for inclusion in the final corpus: gung ho (1942), (4) ho-ho (1901), hutung (1922), I Ching (1876), inro (1617), kongsi (1839), kuei (1935), Kuomintang (1912), Kuo-yu (1932), Lohan (1878), qi (1850), Shar-Pei (1976), shih-tzu (1921), Szechuan (1956), wonk (1) (1900), Yin (2) (1846) and Zen (1727).
Ruijgrok (2003), "Synergievoordelen in Logistieke NETwerken (SYLONET)--deel 1," TNO Inro report 033N08832001 (in Dutch).