[pi-too n-tse; Chinese baw-duhn-dzuh]
- a type of feldspar, used in certain porcelains.
Origin of petuntse
1720–30; < Chinese (Wade-Giles) pai2tun1tzŭ0, (pinyin) bái dùnzi white mound
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Examples from the Web for petuntse
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.
Chemically, petuntse resembles the pegmatite of Limoges; mineralogically, it is to be classed with petrosilicious felspar.
The kaolin and petuntse used in making paste for Chinese porcelain are chemically identical with the materials used in Europe.
The Chinese glaze is also the more fusible, on account of the addition of lime to the petuntse, which the French use pure.
- a fusible feldspathic mineral used in hard-paste porcelain; china stone
C18: from Chinese (Beijing) pe tun tzu, from pe white + tun heap + tzu offspring