ma·jol·i·ca | \mə-ˈjä-li-kə \
variants: or less commonly maiolica \-ˈyä- \

Definition of majolica 

1 : earthenware covered with an opaque tin glaze and decorated on the glaze before firing especially : an Italian ware of this kind

2 : a 19th century earthenware modeled in naturalistic shapes and glazed in lively colors

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Professor Ernesto Solari worked with handwriting expert Ivana Bonfantino to analyze the majolica tile. James Rogers, Fox News, "Leonardo da Vinci's earliest work discovered?," 22 June 2018 On view are eight life-size figurative sculptures made of high-density foam, eleven collage mirror paintings, and one large, all white majolica figure made in the famous Nymphenburg porcelain factory in Munich. Vogue, "In L.A., Rachel Feinstein Finds Inspiration in the Victoria's Secret Runway Show," 13 Jan. 2018 Be sure to drive by the town of Castelli for majolica pottery made from the native clay soil. David Prior, CNT, "Inside Abruzzo, Italy’s Unsung Culinary Destination," 20 Sep. 2017 Right next to it, James designed a cabinet for her majolica. Celia Barbour, House Beautiful, "Surprise! This Dreamy "Barndominium" Isn't Actually a Barn at All," 13 Dec. 2016

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First Known Use of majolica

1851, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for majolica

Italian maiolica, from Old Italian Maiolica, Maiorica Majorca

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