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por·ce·lain

 (pôr′sə-lĭn, pôrs′lĭn)
n.
1. A hard, white, translucent ceramic made by firing a pure clay and then glazing it with variously colored fusible materials; china.
2. An object made of this substance.

[French porcelaine, cowry shell, porcelain, from Old French, from Old Italian porcellana, from feminine of porcellano, of a young sow (from the shell's resemblance to a pig's back), from porcella, young sow, diminutive of porca, sow, from Latin, feminine of porcus, pig; see porko- in Indo-European roots.]

por′ce·la′ne·ous (-lā′nē-əs) adj.

porcelain

(ˈpɔːslɪn; -leɪn; ˈpɔːsə-)
n
1. (Ceramics) a more or less translucent ceramic material, the principal ingredients being kaolin and petuntse (hard paste) or other clays, ground glassy substances, soapstone, bone ash, etc
2. (Ceramics) an object made of this or such objects collectively
3. (Ceramics) (modifier) of, relating to, or made from this material: a porcelain cup.
[C16: from French porcelaine, from Italian porcellana cowrie shell, porcelain (from its shell-like finish), literally: relating to a sow (from the resemblance between a cowrie shell and a sow's vulva), from porcella little sow, from porca sow, from Latin; see pork]
porcellaneous adj

por•ce•lain

(ˈpɔr sə lɪn, ˈpoʊr-; ˈpɔrs lɪn, ˈpoʊrs-)

n.
1. a strong, vitreous, translucent ceramic material, made of kaolin and feldspar, with a transparent glaze fired at a high temperature.
2. ware made from this.
[1520–30; < French porcelaine < Italian porcellana orig., a type of cowrie shell, appar. likened to the vulva of a sow, n. use of feminine of porcellano of a young sow =porcell(a), diminutive of porca sow (see pork, -elle) + -ano -an1]
por`ce•la′ne•ous, por`cel•la′ne•ous (-ˈleɪ ni əs) adj.

porcelain

The finest pottery, white all through and translucent. See paste.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.porcelain - ceramic ware made of a more or less translucent ceramicporcelain - ceramic ware made of a more or less translucent ceramic
ceramic ware - utensils made from ceramic material
china - high quality porcelain originally made only in China
Spode - a brand of fine English porcelain

porcelain

noun china, ware, fine bone china, porcelain ware a priceless collection of English porcelain
Translations
خزفخَزَف صيني
porcelán
porcelæn
postulín
ポースレン焼き物磁器陶磁陶磁器
porcelāns

porcelain

[ˈpɔːslɪn]
A. Nporcelana f
B. CPDde porcelana

porcelain

[ˈpɔːrsəlɪn]
nporcelaine f
adj [figurine, plate] → de porcelaine, en porcelaine

porcelain

nPorzellan nt
adjPorzellan-; porcelain dollPorzellanpuppe f

porcelain

[ˈpɔːslɪn] nporcellana
a piece of porcelain → una porcellana

porcelain

(ˈpoːsəlin) noun, adjective
(of) a kind of fine china. That dish is made of porcelain; a porcelain figure.

porcelain

n porcelana
References in classic literature ?
He painted and papered her rooms for her that spring, and put in a porcelain bathtub in place of the tin one that had satisfied the former tenant.
It would be like flinging a porcelain vase, with already a crack in it, against a granite column.
There was a stove in the corner--one of those tall, square, stately white porcelain things that looks like a monument and keeps you thinking of death when you ought to be enjoying your travels.
She was extremely pretty, with a profusion of auburn hair, and a few very tiny freckles, to which she constantly alluded, as no one could possibly detect them without noting her porcelain skin and her curling lashes.
Fairfax, than she summoned her to her sofa, and there quickly filled her lap with the porcelain, the ivory, the waxen contents of her "boite;" pouring out, meantime, explanations and raptures in such broken English as she was mistress of.
Stuffed birds from Africa, porcelain monsters from China, silver ornaments and utensils from India and Peru, mosaic work from Italy, and bronzes from France, were all heaped together pell-mell with the coarse deal boxes and dingy leather cases which served to pack them for traveling.
She put her hand upon it hurriedly - a hand so thin and delicate, that when I had seen her hold it up before the fire to shade her face, I had compared it in my thoughts to fine porcelain - and saying, in a quick, fierce, passionate way, 'I swear you to secrecy about this
The Emperor's Palace was the most splendid in the world, all made of priceless porcelain, but so brittle and delicate that you had to take great care how you touched it.
Her arms hung gracefully to the ground; her body lay easily posed like that of a doe; her feet were folded under her without effort; her bosom rose and fell at regular intervals; her skin, her complexion, had that porcelain whiteness, which we admire so much in the clear transparent faces of children.
High oaken sideboards, inlaid with ebony, stood at the two extremities of the room, and upon their shelves glittered china, porcelain, and glass of inestimable value.
When he breakfasted or dined all the resources of the club--its kitchens and pantries, its buttery and dairy--aided to crowd his table with their most succulent stores; he was served by the gravest waiters, in dress coats, and shoes with swan-skin soles, who proffered the viands in special porcelain, and on the finest linen; club decanters, of a lost mould, contained his sherry, his port, and his cinnamon-spiced claret; while his beverages were refreshingly cooled with ice, brought at great cost from the American lakes.
But next morning I perceived clearly enough that my curiosity regarding the Palace of Green Porcelain was a piece of self-deception, to enable me to shirk, by another day, an experience I dreaded.