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Ming

[ming] /mɪŋ/
noun, Wade-Giles, Pinyin.
1.
a dynasty in China, 1368–1644, marked by the restoration of traditional institutions and the development of the arts, especially in porcelain, textiles, and painting.
adjective
2.
of or pertaining to the Ming dynasty or to the art objects and forms developed during this period.
3.
noting the fine porcelains produced in the Ming dynasty, especially those produced by the imperial factory before 1620, noted for their brilliant, fine colors, chiefly underglaze or enamel on glaze, on a body of high quality.
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Ming

/mɪŋ/
noun
1.
the imperial dynasty of China from 1368 to 1644
adjective
2.
of or relating to Chinese porcelain produced during the Ming dynasty, characterized by the use of brilliant colours and a fine-quality body
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Word Origin and History for Ming

1670s, dynasty which ruled China from 1368-1644, from Chinese, literally "bright, clear." In reference to the porcelain of the Ming period, attested from 1892.

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