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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
References in classic literature ?
Only the majolica plate--and that is so firmly set in the wall.
I'd better meet you on your own ground, and talk about your majolica and engravings.
Majolica is that distinctive pottery and tilework opaquely glazed with lead and tin over bright ornamentation.
If you're into imported hand-painted Majolica dishes from Italy, this is the place to find them.
It was time for a bit of shopping in nearby Caltagirone which is known for ceramics and beautiful majolica pottery.
Similarly, ensembles of painted majolica ware, and in particular ingenious stacking sets of lidded bowls, plates, and saltcellar, were created for the confinement ritual from the end of the fifteenth century.
The city's soul is revealed in the coloured majolica, in the unusual reflections of Art Nouveau glass windows, in the fading tesseras of a mosaic that suddenly appears behind a house corner, in the colourful tiles of a fountain, in the stone statues holding up a small balcony, in the wroughtiron balustrade of a gate, in the elegant entrance to a brewery.
Emidius, details the work as a display - if not a boast on the part of the city that commissioned it - of highly desirable consumer goods: embroidered clothing, valuable tapestry, imported carpet, carved reading desk, gilded frieze, brass candlestick, leather-bound books, porcelain dishes, majolica pot, crystal vase, terra cotta carvings, earthenware pots, marble floor, and an array of architectural form and detail.
Today, after a wind storm, the slopes are often peppered with potsherds, arrow points, corn-grinding stones, broken majolica dishes, brass bullet casings, harness buckles, rusted canteens, beer cans, and Coke bottle caps - as well as bleached-white human skulls.
PANTONE 19-1759 American Beauty < < < < PANTONE 16-1212 Nomad PANTONE 18-3520 Purple Heart < < < < PANTONE 17-1544 Burnt Sienna PANTONE 16-1143 Honey Yellow < < < < PANTONE 17-1929 Rapture Rose PANTONE 18-1306 Iron < < < < PANTONE 15-0646 Warm Olive PANTONE 13-1006 Creme Brelee < < < < PANTONE 19-4125 Majolica Blue
The bride carried a traditional hand-tied bouquet of hydrangeas, garden roses, polo roses, Majolica spray roses, and lisianthus in shades of white with Sahara roses and seeded eucalyptus to add a touch of color.