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 (mə-jŏl′ĭ-kə, -yŏl′-)
1. Tin-glazed earthenware that is often richly colored and decorated, especially an earthenware of this type produced in Italy.
2. Pottery made in imitation of this earthenware.

[Italian maiolica, from Medieval Latin Māiōlica, Majorca (where it was made), alteration of Late Latin Māiōrica.]


(məˈdʒɒlɪkə; məˈjɒl-) or


(Ceramics) a type of porous pottery glazed with bright metallic oxides that was originally imported into Italy via Majorca and was extensively made in Italy during the Renaissance
[C16: from Italian, from Late Latin Mājorica Majorca]


(məˈdʒɒl ɪ kə, məˈyɒl-)

also maiolica

1. Italian earthenware covered with an opaque glaze of tin oxide and usu. highly decorated.
2. any similar earthenware.
[1545–55; < Italian maiolica, after Maiolica (15th century), earlier Maiorica Majorca, from where the technique for making such earthenware was introduced into Tuscany]


(or maiolica) Brightly decorated pottery in sixteenthcentury Italian style.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.majolica - highly decorated earthenware with a glaze of tin oxidemajolica - highly decorated earthenware with a glaze of tin oxide
earthenware - ceramic ware made of porous clay fired at low heat
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Goethe mediated Ernst's amassing of a large collection of plant and animal drawings by Georg Forster, and the duke's impressive collection of Italian Renaissance majolica was almost certainly the impetus for Goethe's own acquisition of majolica.
Her bouquet was a nosegay with a mix of all white flowers, which included hydrangeas, Eskimo roses, majolica white spray roses, ranunculus, and lisianthus.
A spirit manifested magnificently across the land in mosaics, murals, majolica tiles of domes and minarets, of madrasas and mausoleums.
The pub's frontage is a striking display of teal blue and bright yellow glazed majolica tiles.