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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.
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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
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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.
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porcelain

The finest pottery, white all through and translucent. See paste.
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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china - high quality porcelain originally made only in China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
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porcelain

noun china, ware, fine bone china, porcelain ware a priceless collection of English porcelain
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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
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porcelain

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

nPorzellan nt
adjPorzellan-; porcelain dollPorzellanpuppe f
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porcelain

[ˈpɔːslɪn] nporcellana
a piece of porcelain → una porcellana
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porcelain

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

n porcelana
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