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porcelain

noun por·ce·lain \ˈpr-s(ə-)lən\

: a hard, white substance that is very delicate and that is made by baking clay

Full Definition of PORCELAIN

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:  a hard, fine-grained, sonorous, nonporous, and usually translucent and white ceramic ware that consists essentially of kaolin, quartz, and a feldspathic rock and is fired at a high temperature —called also hard-paste porcelain, true porcelain
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por·ce·lain·like \-ˌlīk\ adjective
por·ce·la·ne·ous or por·cel·la·ne·ous \ˌpr-sə-ˈlā-nē-əs\ adjective

Examples of PORCELAIN

  1. The bowl is made of porcelain.

Origin of PORCELAIN

Middle French porcelaine cowrie shell, porcelain, from Italian porcellana, from porcello vulva, literally, little pig, from Latin porcellus, diminutive of porcus pig, vulva; from the shape of the shell — more at farrow
First Known Use: circa 1530

porcelain

noun por·ce·lain \ˈpōr-s(ə-)lən, ˈpr-\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of PORCELAIN

:  a hard, fine-grained, nonporous, and usually translucent and white ceramic ware that consists essentially of kaolin, quartz, and feldspar and that has many uses in dentistry

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