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petuntse

or pe·tun·tze

[pi-too n-tse; Chinese baw-duhn-dzuh]
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noun
  1. a type of feldspar, used in certain porcelains.
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Origin of petuntse

1720–30; < Chinese (Wade-Giles) pai2tun1tzŭ0, (pinyin) bái dùnzi white mound
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Examples from the Web for petuntse

Historical Examples

  • It is not, therefore, composed simply of kaolin and petuntse.

    A Dictionary of Arts, Manufactures and Mines

    Andrew Ure

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

    The Ceramic Art

    Jennie J. Young

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

    The Ceramic Art

    Jennie J. Young

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

    The Ceramic Art

    Jennie J. Young

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

    The Ceramic Art

    Jennie J. Young


British Dictionary definitions for petuntse

petuntse

petuntze

noun
  1. a fusible feldspathic mineral used in hard-paste porcelain; china stone
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Word Origin

C18: from Chinese (Beijing) pe tun tzu, from pe white + tun heap + tzu offspring
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