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also fa·ïence  (fī-äns′, -äNs′, fā-)
1. Earthenware decorated with colorful opaque glazes.
2. A moderate to strong greenish blue.

[French faïence, after Faïence, Faenza, Italy.]
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(faɪˈɑːns; feɪ-)
a. tin-glazed earthenware, usually that of French, German, Italian, or Scandinavian origin
b. (as modifier): a faïence cup.
[C18: from French, strictly: pottery from Faenza]
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or fa•ïence

(faɪˈɑns, -ˈɑ̃s, feɪ-)

glazed earthenware or pottery, esp. a fine variety with highly colored designs.
[1705–15; < French, orig. pottery of Faenza, city in N Italy]
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Fine pottery with a colorful glaze, named after Faenza, Italy, one of its sources.
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Noun1.faience - glazed earthenware decorated with opaque colorsfaience - glazed earthenware decorated with opaque colors
earthenware - ceramic ware made of porous clay fired at low heat
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