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majolica

[muh-jol-i-kuh, muh-yol-] /məˈdʒɒl ɪ kə, məˈyɒl-/
noun
1.
Italian earthenware covered with an opaque glaze of tin oxide and usually highly decorated.
2.
any earthenware having an opaque glaze of tin oxide.
Also, maiolica.
Origin
1545-1555
1545-55; ear-lier maiolica < Italian < Medieval Latin, variant of Late Latin Mājorica Majorca, where it was made
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  • The space is bright and airy, with an antique majolica floor in lemon hues.
  • Chapters are arranged by country or by type of ware, eg, majolica or faience.
British Dictionary definitions for majolica

majolica

/məˈdʒɒlɪkə; məˈjɒl-/
noun
1.
a type of porous pottery glazed with bright metallic oxides that was originally imported into Italy via Majorca and was extensively made in Italy during the Renaissance
Word Origin
C16: from Italian, from Late Latin Mājorica Majorca
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Word Origin and History for majolica
n.

Italian glazed pottery, 1550s, from Italian Majolica, 14c. name of island now known as Majorca in the Balearics, from Latin maior (see major (adj.)); so called because it is the largest of the three islands. The best pottery of this type was said to have been made there.

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