bone china


Definition of bone china

: translucent white china made with bone ash or calcium phosphate and characterized by whiteness

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Recent Examples on the Web What differentiates bone china from all other ceramic materials is that it’s made out of an element that was once living. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "This Restaurant Follows a Whole-Animal Philosophy...Meaning Even the Tableware Is Made From the Animals on Its Menu," 4 Feb. 2020 Woodland bird and animal watercolor drawings are printed on fine bone china. Washington Post, "RIGHT AT HOME: Design and décor with British flair," 30 Oct. 2019 There have been sterling silver protractors, and tin cans, and even a greenhouse, as well as bone china to-go coffee cups in Tiffany blue. Reed Krakoff, Town & Country, "Tiffany & Co. Wants to Change the Rules of How to Wear a Diamond," 27 Nov. 2018 Tablewear is made in unique materials, such as fine bone china, crystal, and porcelain. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "Bringing Home Blumarine," 30 Apr. 2010 Each of these pieces is crafted of English fine bone china. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Princess Eugenie's Wedding China Reveals an Interesting Detail About Her Royal Monogram," 28 Sep. 2018 Moist ribs plopped on a Chinet plate are still light years better than Escargot on bone China with a perfectly symmetrical drizzle of parsley butter. Andy Staples,, "Turnaround Artist Dave Clawson and Wake Forest Are Cooking With Gas Now," 4 June 2018 Sure, some of us guests hanker for the bone china and starched white linen. James P. Dewan,, "5 beer snacks you can make at home to impress your drinking buddies," 17 May 2018 Queen Elizabeth drinks Earl Grey from a bone china cup and would probably be aghast at the commoners who add milk. Zahra Pettican, Bon Appetit, "11 Positively British Snacks to Order Online Before the Royal Wedding," 8 May 2018

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First Known Use of bone china

1824, in the meaning defined above

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“Bone china.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of bone china

: thin white plates, bowls, cups, etc., made from clay and crushed bones

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