porcelain

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French porcelaine (cowrie, chinaware), from Old Italian porcellana (cowrie, chinaware), from porcella (the mussel and cockle shells which painters put their pigments) from porco (pig) with -ella (-y).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈpoʊɹ.sə.lɪn/, /ˈpɔɹ.sə.lɪn/, /ˈpoʊɹs.lɪn/, /ˈpɔɹs.lɪn/

Noun[edit]

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porcelain (countable and uncountable, plural porcelains)

  1. (usually uncountable) A hard, white, translucent ceramic that is made by firing kaolin and other materials; china.
  2. (usually countable) Anything manufactured from this material..

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References[edit]

  • Krueger, Dennis (December 1982). "Why On Earth Do They Call It Throwing?" Studio Potter Vol. 11, Number 1.[1]