China ware
Porcelain Por"ce*lain (277), n. [F. porcelaine, It. porcellana, orig., the porcelain shell, or Venus shell (Cypr[ae]a porcellana), from a dim. fr. L. porcus pig, probably from the resemblance of the shell in shape to a pig's back. Porcelain was called after this shell, either on account of its smoothness and whiteness, or because it was believed to be made from it. See {Pork}.] A fine translucent or semitransculent kind of earthenware, made first in China and Japan, but now also in Europe and America; -- called also {China}, or {China ware}. [1913 Webster]

Porcelain, by being pure, is apt to break. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

{Ivory porcelain}, porcelain with a surface like ivory, produced by depolishing. See {Depolishing}.

{Porcelain clay}. See under {Clay}.

{Porcelain crab} (Zo["o]l.), any crab of the genus {Porcellana} and allied genera (family {Porcellanid[ae]}). They have a smooth, polished carapace.

{Porcelain jasper}. (Min.) See {Porcelanite}.

{Porcelain printing}, the transferring of an impression of an engraving to porcelain.

{Porcelain shell} (Zo["o]l.), a cowry. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • China ware — China ware, chinaware chinaware . dishes made of china; porcelain; so called in the 17th century because brought from the far East, and differing from the pottery made in Europe at that time; also, loosely, crockery in general. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • china ware — tableware made of porcelain …   English contemporary dictionary

  • China — Chi na, n. 1. A country in Eastern Asia. [1913 Webster] 2. China ware, which is the modern popular term for porcelain. See {Porcelain}. [1913 Webster] {China aster} (Bot.), a well known garden flower and plant. See {Aster}. {China bean}. See… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • China aster — China Chi na, n. 1. A country in Eastern Asia. [1913 Webster] 2. China ware, which is the modern popular term for porcelain. See {Porcelain}. [1913 Webster] {China aster} (Bot.), a well known garden flower and plant. See {Aster}. {China bean}.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • China bean — China Chi na, n. 1. A country in Eastern Asia. [1913 Webster] 2. China ware, which is the modern popular term for porcelain. See {Porcelain}. [1913 Webster] {China aster} (Bot.), a well known garden flower and plant. See {Aster}. {China bean}.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • China clay — China Chi na, n. 1. A country in Eastern Asia. [1913 Webster] 2. China ware, which is the modern popular term for porcelain. See {Porcelain}. [1913 Webster] {China aster} (Bot.), a well known garden flower and plant. See {Aster}. {China bean}.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • China grass — China Chi na, n. 1. A country in Eastern Asia. [1913 Webster] 2. China ware, which is the modern popular term for porcelain. See {Porcelain}. [1913 Webster] {China aster} (Bot.), a well known garden flower and plant. See {Aster}. {China bean}.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • China ink — China Chi na, n. 1. A country in Eastern Asia. [1913 Webster] 2. China ware, which is the modern popular term for porcelain. See {Porcelain}. [1913 Webster] {China aster} (Bot.), a well known garden flower and plant. See {Aster}. {China bean}.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • China pink — China Chi na, n. 1. A country in Eastern Asia. [1913 Webster] 2. China ware, which is the modern popular term for porcelain. See {Porcelain}. [1913 Webster] {China aster} (Bot.), a well known garden flower and plant. See {Aster}. {China bean}.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • China root — China Chi na, n. 1. A country in Eastern Asia. [1913 Webster] 2. China ware, which is the modern popular term for porcelain. See {Porcelain}. [1913 Webster] {China aster} (Bot.), a well known garden flower and plant. See {Aster}. {China bean}.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”