majolica

[muh-jol-i-kuh, muh-yol-]
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:
1545–55; ear-lier maiolica < Italian < Medieval Latin, variant of Late Latin Mājorica Majorca, where it was made

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majolica or maiolica (məˈdʒɒlɪkə, məˈjɒl-)
 
n
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
 
[C16: from Italian, from Late Latin Mājorica Majorca]
 
maiolica or maiolica
 
n
 
[C16: from Italian, from Late Latin Mājorica Majorca]

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majolica
It. glazed pottery, 1555, from It. Majolica, 14c. name of island now known as Majorca in the Balearics, from L. major, so called because it is the largest of the three. The best pottery of this type was said to have been made there.
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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.
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