porcelain

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noun por·ce·lain \ˈpȯr-s(ə-)lən\

Definition of porcelain

  1. 1 :  a hard, fine-grained, sonorous, nonporous, and usually translucent and white ceramic ware that consists essentially of kaolin, quartz, and a feldspathic rock and is fired at a high temperature —called also hard-paste porcelain, true porcelain

  2. 2 :  soft-paste porcelain

porcelainlike

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porcelaneous

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porcellaneous

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Examples of porcelain in a Sentence

  1. The bowl is made of porcelain.

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Origin and Etymology of porcelain

Middle French porcelaine cowrie shell, porcelain, from Italian porcellana, from porcello vulva, literally, little pig, from Latin porcellus, diminutive of porcus pig, vulva; from the shape of the shell — more at farrow


First Known Use: circa 1530


PORCELAIN Defined for English Language Learners

porcelain

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Definition of porcelain for English Language Learners

  • : a hard, white substance that is very delicate and that is made by baking clay


PORCELAIN Defined for Kids

porcelain

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noun por·ce·lain \ˈpȯr-sə-lən\

Definition of porcelain for Students

  1. :  a hard white product of baked clay used especially for dishes, tile, and decorative objects


Medical Dictionary

porcelain

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noun por·ce·lain \ˈpōr-s(ə-)lən, ˈpȯr-\

Medical Definition of porcelain

  1. :  a hard, fine-grained, nonporous, and usually translucent and white ceramic ware that consists essentially of kaolin, quartz, and feldspar and that has many uses in dentistry



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