delf

delft

[delft]
noun
1.
earthenware having an opaque white glaze with an overglaze decoration, usually in blue.
2.
any pottery resembling this.
Also, delf [delf] .
Also called delft ware.


Origin:
1705–15; after Delft

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Delft (dɛlft)
 
n
1.  a town in the SW Netherlands, in South Holland province. Pop: 97 000 (2003 est)
2.  Also called: delftware tin-glazed earthenware made in Delft since the 17th century, typically having blue decoration on a white ground
3.  a similar earthenware made in England

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delf
late O.E. dælf "trench, ditch, quarry," from gedelf "digging, a digging," from delfan "to dig" (see delve).

Delft
town in Holland,named from its chief canal, from Du. delf, lit. "ditch, canal;" which is related to O.E. dælf and modern delve. As a short form of delftware, attested from 1714.
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