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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 (“-let”).
- (usually uncountable) A hard, white, translucent ceramic that is made by firing kaolin and other materials; china.
- (usually countable) Anything manufactured from this material.
hard, white, translucent ceramic
anything manufactured from this material
- Krueger, Dennis (December 1982). "Why On Earth Do They Call It Throwing?" Studio Potter Vol. 11, Number 1.