anagama

noun ana·ga·ma \ ˌä-nə-ˈgä-mə \
variants: or less commonly Anagama

Definition of anagama

plural anagamas also Anagamas
: a traditional Japanese wood-burning kiln used for firing ceramics
  • They can differ in size and shape, but all anagamas depend on the intimate interaction of the clay with the flames and ash from a slow-burning wood fire.
  • —Patricia MalarcherNew York Times14 June 1981
often used before another noun
  • Licked and scorched by wood flame, glazed and encrusted with wood ash, anagama ware contrasts sharply with ware produced in tamer environments like that in an electric kiln.
  • —Barry LopezHarper’s MagazineJanuary 1998
  • … a 5th century-style Japanese Anagama kiln.
  • —Christine SobekChicago Daily Herald24 Feb. 2010

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Origin and Etymology of anagama

borrowed from Japanese, from ana “hole, burrow, cave” + kama “kiln”


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