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[pi-too n-tse; Chinese baw-duhn-dzuh] /pɪˈtʊn tsɛ; Chinese ˈbɔˈdʌnˈdzʌ/
a type of feldspar, used in certain porcelains.
Origin of petuntse
1720-30; < Chinese (Wade-Giles) pai2tun1tzŭ0, (pinyin) bái dùnzi white mound Unabridged
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  • It is not, therefore, composed simply of kaolin and petuntse.

  • The manufacture of hard porcelain was begun at Svres in 1769, the quarries of St. Yrieix supplying both the kaolin and petuntse.

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  • The kaolin and petuntse used in making paste for Chinese porcelain are chemically identical with the materials used in Europe.

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  • Chemically, petuntse resembles the pegmatite of Limoges; mineralogically, it is to be classed with petrosilicious felspar.

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  • The Chinese glaze is also the more fusible, on account of the addition of lime to the petuntse, which the French use pure.

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  • Kaolin and petuntse are of little importance in the composition of soft porcelain.

British Dictionary definitions for petuntse


/pɪˈtʌntsɪ; -ˈtʊn-/
a fusible feldspathic mineral used in hard-paste porcelain; china stone
Word Origin
C18: from Chinese (Beijing) pe tun tzu, from pe white + tun heap + tzu offspring
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