nankeen porcelain

nankeen

[nan-keen]
noun
1.
a firm, durable, yellow or buff fabric, formerly made from a natural-colored Chinese cotton.
2.
a twilled material made from other cotton and dyed in imitation of this fabric.
3.
nankeens, garments made of this material.
4.
a yellow or buff color.
5.
Also called Nankeen porcelain, Nanking china, Nanking ware. a type of Chinese porcelain having blue ornament on a white ground.
Also, nankin [nan-kin] .


Origin:
1745–55; after Nankin Nanking, where first made

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nankeen or nankin (næŋˈkiːn, ˈnænkɪn)
 
n
1.  a hard-wearing buff-coloured cotton fabric
2.  a.  a pale greyish-yellow colour
 b.  (as adjective): a nankeen carpet
 
[C18: named after Nanking, China, where it originated]
 
nankin or nankin
 
n
 
[C18: named after Nanking, China, where it originated]

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nankeen
"kind of cotton cloth," 1755, from Nanking, China, where it originally was made. The city name is lit. "southern capital."
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