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In Japan: (originally) a steam bath or bathhouse; (in later use) = ofuro.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in Richard Cocks (bap. 1565, d. 1624), merchant and East India Company servant. From Japanese furo bath, bathtub, bathroom, probably from earlier sense ‘portable stove’, variant of fūro wind furnace from Middle Chinese.
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