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From Japanese 日本 (formerly Niffon, now Nippon or Nihon) "Japan".

Proper noun[edit]


  1. (obsolete) Honshu, the largest island of Japan.
    • 1619, W. W. Gent, A Briefe Relation of the Persecution Lately Made Against the Catholike Crhstians, in the Kingdome of Iaponia, volume 1, page 20:
      The greateſt of theſe three, which is called Niphon, doth lye from Eaſt to Weſt, and is 700. miles in length and 180. in breadth, and it deuided into three & fifty little Kingdomes or Prouinces, and therein is the noble Citty of Meaco the chiefe and head of all Iapone.
    • 1853, "Japan", Putnam's Monthly, vol. 1, no. 3, p. 242
      Niphon, the chief island, is nine hundred miles long, and one hundred miles in average width.