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[buh-leek] /bəˈlik/
a fragile Irish porcelain with a bright luster.
Also called Belleek ware.
Origin of Belleek
First recorded in 1865-70; after Belleek, town in Northern Ireland where it is made Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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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


  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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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