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[pot-uh-ree] /ˈpɒt ə ri/
noun, plural potteries.
ceramic ware, especially earthenware and stoneware.
the art or business of a potter; ceramics.
a place where earthen pots or vessels are made.
Origin of pottery
1475-85; potter1 + -y3 Unabridged
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  • On the other hand the settled folk had their textiles and their pottery and made many desirable things.
  • The clay is dried and strengthened by adding finely pulverized pottery shards before pots are shaped, painted and fired.
  • Humans could turn its ash into a benefit, such as fertilizer or additives to strengthen pottery clay.
  • My sister, who could have been a surgeon, chose instead to make pottery in a little hippie arts colony.
  • Its excellence in fine ceramics harks back to its expertise in pottery.
  • Shards of pottery of an undetermined age litter what might have been a kiln area.
  • The island also has abundant shopping, with chic designer boutiques and small shops selling traditional pottery and crafts.
  • pottery and tools of copper and stone were standardized.
  • The scientists also examined pottery found in the same mound as the tablet.
  • Place apples in an eight-inch-by-eight-inch baking pan, or a pottery flat-bottomed bowl.
British Dictionary definitions for pottery


noun (pl) -teries
articles, vessels, etc, made from earthenware and dried and baked in a kiln
a place where such articles are made
the craft or business of making such articles
adjective fictile
Word Origin
C15: from Old French poterie, from potier potter, from potpot1
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Word Origin and History for pottery

late 15c., "a potter's workshop," from Old French poterie (13c.), from potier (see potter (n.)). Attested from 1727 as "the potter's art;" from 1785 as "potteryware."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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pottery in the Bible

the art of, was early practised among all nations. Various materials seem to have been employed by the potter. Earthenware is mentioned in connection with the history of Melchizedek (Gen. 14:18), of Abraham (18:4-8), of Rebekah (27:14), of Rachel (29:2, 3, 8, 10). The potter's wheel is mentioned by Jeremiah (18:3). See also 1 Chr. 4:23; Ps. 2:9; Isa. 45:9; 64:8; Jer. 19:1; Lam. 4:2; Zech. 11:13; Rom. 9:21.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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