[pawr-suh-lin, pohr-; pawrs-lin, pohrs-] /ˈpɔr sə lɪn, ˈpoʊr-; ˈpɔrs lɪn, ˈpoʊrs-/
a strong, vitreous, translucent ceramic material, biscuit-fired at a low temperature, the glaze then fired at a very high temperature.
ware made from this.
/ˈpɔːslɪn; -leɪn; ˈpɔːsə-/
a more or less translucent ceramic material, the principal ingredients being kaolin and petuntse (hard paste) or other clays, ground glassy substances, soapstone, bone ash, etc
an object made of this or such objects collectively
(modifier) of, relating to, or made from this material: a porcelain cup
1530s, from Middle French porcelaine and directly from Italian porcellana “porcelain” (13c.), literally “cowrie shell,” the chinaware so called from resemblance of its lustrous transparency to the shiny surface of the shells. The shell’s name in Italian is from porcella “young sow,” fem. of Latin porcellus “young pig,” diminutive of porculus “piglet,” diminutive of porcus “pig” (see pork (n.)). According to an old theory, the connection of the shell and the pig is a perceived resemblance of the shell opening to the exposed outer genitalia of pigs.
porcelain is china & china is p.; there is no recondite difference between the two things, which indeed are not two, but one; & the difference between the two words is merely that china is the homely term, while porcelain is exotic & literary. [Fowler]
[pawr-sahyn, -sin] /ˈpɔr saɪn, -sɪn/ adjective 1. of or relating to swine. 2. resembling swine; hoggish; piggish. /ˈpɔːsaɪn/ adjective 1. of, connected with, or characteristic of pigs adj. early 15c., “pertaining to swine; swinish,” from Old French porcin or directly from Latin porcinus “of a hog,” from porcus “hog, pig” (see pork (n.)). porcine (pôr’sīn’) […]
[pawr-chee-noh] /pɔrˈtʃi noʊ/ noun, plural porcini [pawr-chee-nee] /pɔrˈtʃi ni/ (Show IPA). Italian Cookery. 1. Usually, porcini. . /pɔːˈtʃiːnəʊ/ noun (pl) porcini (pɔːˈtʃiːnɪ) 1. an edible saprotrophic basidiomycetous woodland fungus, Boletus edulis, with a brown shining cap covering white spore-bearing tubes and having a rich nutty flavour: family Boletineae Also called cep
- Porcius festus
See FESTUS. the successor of Felix (A.D. 60) as procurator of Judea (Acts 24:27). A few weeks after he had entered on his office the case of Paul, then a prisoner at Caesarea, was reported to him. The “next day,” after he had gone down to Caesarea, he heard Paul defend himself in the presence […]
[pawr-kyuh-pahyn] /ˈpɔr kyəˌpaɪn/ noun 1. any of several rodents covered with stiff, sharp, erectile spines or quills, as Erethizon dorsatum of North America. /ˈpɔːkjʊˌpaɪn/ noun 1. any of various large hystricomorph rodents of the families Hystricidae, of Africa, Indonesia, S Europe, and S Asia, and Erethizontidae, of the New World. All species have a body […]