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Belleek

[buh-leek]
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noun
  1. a fragile Irish porcelain with a bright luster.

Origin of Belleek

First recorded in 1865–70; after Belleek, town in Northern Ireland where it is made
Also called Belleek ware.
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Examples from the Web for belleek

Historical Examples

  • Porcelain of a rare and unique quality is manufactured at Belleek.

    Romantic Ireland; volume 1/2

    M.F and B. McM. Mansfield

  • At Belleek it forms a considerable waterfall and is here well known to sportsmen for its good salmon fishing.

  • Come to Belleek, a little village with one of the finest water-falls I remember anywhere to have seen; viewed it from the bridge.

    A Tour in Ireland

    Arthur Young

  • We asked if we might help a bit, and give a little teapot of Belleek ware and a linen doily trimmed with Irish lace.

    Penelope's Irish Experiences

    Kate Douglas Wiggin

  • Yet from here to Belleek, a distance of four miles, there is nothing whatever being done with it.

    Ireland as It Is

    Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)


British Dictionary definitions for belleek

Belleek

noun
  1. trademark
    1. a kind of thin fragile porcelain with a lustrous glaze
    2. (as modifier)a Belleek vase

Word Origin

named after Belleek, a town in Northern Ireland where such porcelain is made
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