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Date: 1500-1600
Language: French
Origin: porcelaine, from Italian porcellana 'type of shell, porcelain'

porcelain

noun
     
Related topics: Pottery, Ceramics
porce‧lain [uncountable]
1TIP a hard shiny white substance that is used for making expensive plates, cups etc [↪ china]:
a porcelain vase
2DFU plates, cups etc made of this

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