por·ce·lain (pôrsə-lĭn, pôrslĭn)
1. A hard, white, translucent ceramic made by firing a pure clay and then glazing it with variously colored fusible materials; china.
2. An object made of this substance.
[French 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 the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
por′ce·lane·ous (-lānē-əs) adj.
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