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[muh-jol-i-kuh, muh-yol-] /məˈdʒɒl ɪ kə, məˈyɒl-/
Italian earthenware covered with an opaque glaze of tin oxide and usually highly decorated.
any earthenware having an opaque glaze of tin oxide.
Also, maiolica.
Origin of majolica
1545-55; ear-lier maiolica < Italian < Medieval Latin, variant of Late Latin Mājorica Majorca, where it was made Unabridged
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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


/məˈdʒɒlɪkə; məˈjɒl-/
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

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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