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The Japanese name for a traditional red colorant obtained from the four o'clock plant Mirabilis jalapa.

Synonyms and Related Terms

four o'clock; marvel-of-Peru; beauty-of-the-night

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • Encyclopedia Britannica, Comment: "four-o'clock- " Encyclopædia Britannica [Accessed March 5, 2002].
  • R.Feller, M.Curran, C.Bailie, 'Identification of Traditional Organic Colorants Employed in Japanese Prints and Determination of their Rates of Fading', Japanese Woodblock Prints, Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, Oberlin, 1984

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