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Meaning of PORCELAIN

Pronunciation:  'powrsulin

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  ceramic ware made of a more or less translucent ceramic

PORCELAIN is a 9 letter word that starts with P.


 See Also: ceramic ware, china, Spode



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Por"ce*lain\, n. (Bot.)
    Purslain. [Obs.]
  2. \Por"ce*lain\ (277), n. [F. porcelaine, It.
    porcellana, orig., the porcelain shell, or Venus shell
    (Cypr[ae]a porcellana), from a dim. fr. L. porcus pig,
    probably from the resemblance of the shell in shape to a
    pig's back. Porcelain was called after this shell, either on
    account of its smoothness and whiteness, or because it was
    believed to be made from it. See {Pork}.]
    A fine translucent or semitransculent kind of earthenware,
    made first in China and Japan, but now also in Europe and
    America; -- called also {China}, or {China ware}.
          Porcelain, by being pure, is apt to break. --Dryden.
    {Ivory porcelain}, porcelain with a surface like ivory,
       produced by depolishing. See {Depolishing}.
    {Porcelain clay}. See under {Clay}.
    {Porcelain crab} (Zo["o]l.), any crab of the genus
       {Porcellana} and allied genera (family {Porcellanid[ae]}).
       They have a smooth, polished carapace.
    {Porcelain jasper}. (Min.) See {Porcelanite}.
    {Porcelain printing}, the transferring of an impression of an
       engraving to porcelain.
    {Porcelain shell} (Zo["o]l.), a cowry.
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