earth·​en·​ware | \ ˈər-thən-ˌwer How to pronounce earthenware (audio) , -t͟hən- \

Definition of earthenware

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

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The dish is made of earthenware. a wide array of hand-painted earthenware available at the craft fair
Recent Examples on the Web Iron pots could be dropped on the ground without shattering like an earthenware pot, and iron axes were much sharper than stone axes (cutting down trees in a fraction of the time). Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, "Tomahawks Are Back: These American Relics Have Seen a Resurgence in Military and Survival Situations," 22 Dec. 2020 Festive and charming, the earthenware set comes with four dinner and salad plates, as well as four cereal bowls. Courtney Thompson, CNN Underscored, "We found the prettiest Christmas decorations for your home this winter," 1 Dec. 2020 This earthenware has roots in the mid-1500s and remains popular today. Brenda Yenke, cleveland, "From old world to mid-century: Yenke Peddler antiques," 3 Dec. 2020 Cosmos Gifts Ceramic Santa Heads Mugs, Set of Four ($48.43, originally $60; Add a dash of whimsy to your post-sledding serving of hot chocolate with these sweet earthenware mugs. Courtney Thompson, CNN Underscored, "We found the prettiest Christmas decorations for your home this winter," 1 Dec. 2020 Harsh winters in Korea made food preservation essential, and one method consisted of salting vegetables, among other foods, and storing them underground in earthenware containers to ferment. Amber Lee, Bon Appétit, "My Fridge Isn’t Complete Without a Massive Jar of Kimchi," 13 Nov. 2020 Onggi — Korean earthenware crocks (Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times) Traditional Korean clay jars are used to help the fermentation process of many sauces — and kimchi. Los Angeles Times, "The food gift guide that also supports L.A. restaurants and businesses," 30 Oct. 2020 The other two main ceramic groups are earthenware and porcelain. Shanna Shipin, Glamour, "The 25 Best Coffee Mugs to Live Your Most Caffeinated Life in 2020," 29 Sep. 2020 Caravaggio, always quick to suspect insult, sprang up and threw the earthenware plate at the waiter’s face. Teju Cole, New York Times, "In Dark Times, I Sought Out the Turmoil of Caravaggio’s Paintings," 23 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of earthenware

circa 1624, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of earthenware was circa 1624

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“Earthenware.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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earth·​en·​ware | \ ˈər-thən-ˌwer How to pronounce earthenware (audio) \

Kids Definition of earthenware

: things (as dishes) made of baked clay

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