porcelain[pôr′sə lin, pôrs′lin]
- Porcelain is a hard, white non-porous type of ceramic.
- An example of porcelain is a type of veneers for teeth.
- An example of porcelain is a set of English dinner ware.
- a hard, white, nonporous, translucent variety of ceramic ware, made of kaolin, feldspar, and quartz or flint
- porcelain dishes or ornaments, collectively
Origin of porcelainFrench porcelaine ; from Italian porcellana, origin, originally , a kind of shell ; from porcella, little pig, vulva (; from Classical Latin porcellus, diminutive of porcus, pig, vulva): see farrow
- A hard, white, translucent ceramic made by firing a pure clay and then glazing it with variously colored fusible materials; china.
- An object made of this substance.
Origin of porcelainFrench porcelaine, cowry shell, porcelain, from Old French, from Old Italian porcellana, from feminine of porcellano, of a young sow (from the shell's resemblance to a pig's back), from porcella, young sow, diminutive of porca, sow, from Latin, feminine of porcus, pig; see porko- in Indo-European roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural porcelains)
From Middle French porcelaine (“cowrie, chinaware"), from Old Italian porcellana (“cowrie, chinaware"), from porcella (“the mussel and cockle shells which painters put their pigments") from porco (“pig") with -ella (“-y").