porcelain

[pawr-suh-lin, pohr-; pawrs-lin, pohrs-]
noun
1.
a strong, vitreous, translucent ceramic material, biscuit-fired at a low temperature, the glaze then fired at a very high temperature.
2.
ware made from this.

Origin:
1520–30; < French porcelaine < Italian porcellana orig., a type of cowry shell, apparently likened to the vulva of a sow, noun use of feminine of porcellano of a young sow, equivalent to porcell(a), diminutive of porca sow (see pork, -elle) + -ano -an

porcelaneous, porcellaneous [pawr-suh-ley-nee-uhs, pohr-] , adjective
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porcelain (ˈpɔːslɪn, -leɪn, ˈpɔːsə-)
 
n
1.  a more or less translucent ceramic material, the principal ingredients being kaolin and petuntse (hard paste) or other clays, ground glassy substances, soapstone, bone ash, etc
2.  an object made of this or such objects collectively
3.  (modifier) of, relating to, or made from this material: a porcelain cup
 
[C16: from French porcelaine, from Italian porcellana cowrie shell, porcelain (from its shell-like finish), literally: relating to a sow (from the resemblance between a cowrie shell and a sow's vulva), from porcella little sow, from porca sow, from Latin; see pork]
 
porcellaneous
 
adj

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porcelain
c.1530, from M.Fr. porcelaine, from It. porcellana "porcelain" (13c.), lit. "cowrie shell," the chinaware so called from resemblance to the shiny surface of the shells. The shell's name in It. is from porcella "young sow," fem. of L. porcellus "young pig," dim. of porculus "piglet," dim. of porcus "pig."
Supposedly the shells were so called because the shape of the orifice reminded someone of the vaginas of pigs.
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Example sentences
Porcelain has now been distributed around several departments which, between
  them, manage only about a dozen sales a year.
Pottery, porcelain and the casting cores of bronzes can be dated by the amount
  of radiation the piece absorbs.
Experts in rare coins, porcelain and other arcane areas have been laid off or
  turned into consultants.
One colonist brought a set of porcelain cups, another a miniature windmill for
  diversion.
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