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majolica

[muh-jol-i-kuh, muh-yol-] /məˈdʒɒl ɪ kə, məˈyɒl-/
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 of majolica
1545-1555
1545-55; ear-lier maiolica < Italian < Medieval Latin, variant of Late Latin Mājorica Majorca, where it was made
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Examples from the Web for majolica
Historical Examples
  • Only the majolica plate—and that is so firmly set in the wall.

    Howards End E. M. Forster
  • First Room contains a collection of majolica from the Cini family.

    Rambles in Rome S. Russell Forbes
  • Some majolica vases, with coiled snake handles, were very creditable.

    The Ceramic Art Jennie J. Young
  • The majolica of Florence, if such were ever made, is now unknown.

    The Ceramic Art Jennie J. Young
  • The Rimini majolica is chiefly remarkable for its wonderful glaze.

    The Ceramic Art Jennie J. Young
  • The majolica reached its greatest perfection between 1530 and 1560.

  • It is there that I keep my grandfather's collection of majolica.

    Zuleika Dobson Max Beerbohm
  • "He was the young buck who brought the majolica out of Italy," I supplemented.

    A Passionate Pilgrim Henry James
  • On the consoles and cabinets gleamed objects of majolica and porcelain.

    Csar or Nothing Po Baroja Baroja
  • She had just purchased a majolica bowl, under repeated assurance that it was a piece of the genuine old lustre-ware.

    The Recipe for Diamonds Charles John Cutcliffe Wright Hyne
British Dictionary definitions for majolica

majolica

/məˈdʒɒlɪkə; məˈjɒl-/
noun
1.
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
Word Origin
C16: from Italian, from Late Latin Mājorica Majorca
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Word Origin and History for majolica
n.

Italian glazed pottery, 1550s, from Italian Majolica, 14c. name of island now known as Majorca in the Balearics, from Latin maior (see major (adj.)); so called because it is the largest of the three islands. The best pottery of this type was said to have been made there.

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