Nankin

noun
Nan·​kin | \ ˈnan-ˈkin How to pronounce Nankin (audio) , ˈnän- How to pronounce Nankin (audio) \
variants: or Nanking \ ˈnan-​ˈkiŋ How to pronounce Nanking (audio) , ˈnän-​ How to pronounce Nanking (audio) \

Definition of Nankin

: Chinese porcelain decorated in blue on a white ground

First Known Use of Nankin

1782, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Nankin

Nanking (Nanjing), China

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“Nankin.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Nanking?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=gg&file=ggnanj02. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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