earthenware


earth·en·ware

noun \-ˌwer\

: a heavy substance that is made by baking clay and that is usually covered with another substance (called a glaze) before it is baked so that it will not absorb water

Full Definition of EARTHENWARE

:  ceramic ware made of slightly porous opaque clay fired at low heat

Examples of EARTHENWARE

  1. The dish is made of earthenware.
  2. <a wide array of hand-painted earthenware available at the craft fair>

First Known Use of EARTHENWARE

1646

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earthenware

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Lead-glazed earthenware water pot, Paris, 15th century, in the National Museum of Ceramics, …—Courtesy of (top, bottom) the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, (centre) the Musee National de la Ceramique, Sevres

Pottery that has been fired at low heat and is slightly more porous and coarser than stoneware and porcelain. For practical and decorative purposes, it is usually glazed. The earliest known pottery, a soft earthenware excavated at a Neolithic settlement in Turkey, is thought to be about 9,000 years old. Earthenware is still widely used for cooking, freezing, and serving. See also creamware.

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