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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Porcelain  \Por"ce*lain\  (277),  n.  [F.  porcelaine,  It 
  porcellana  orig.,  the  porcelain  shell,  or  Venus  shell 
  (Cypr[ae]a  porcellana),  from  a  dim.  fr  L.  porcus  pig, 
  probably  from  the  resemblance  of  the  shell  in  shape  to  a 
  pig's  back  Porcelain  was  called  after  this  shell,  either  on 
  account  of  its  smoothness  and  whiteness,  or  because  it  was 
  believed  to  be  made  from  it  See  {Pork}.] 
  A  fine  translucent  or  semitransculent  kind  of  earthenware, 
  made  first  in  China  and  Japan,  but  now  also  in  Europe  and 
  America;  --  called  also  {China},  or  {China  ware}. 
  Porcelain,  by  being  pure,  is  apt  to  break.  --Dryden. 
  {Ivory  porcelain},  porcelain  with  a  surface  like  ivory, 
  produced  by  depolishing.  See  {Depolishing}. 
  {Porcelain  clay}.  See  under  {Clay}. 
  {Porcelain  crab}  (Zo["o]l.),  any  crab  of  the  genus 
  {Porcellana}  and  allied  genera  (family  {Porcellanid[ae]}). 
  They  have  a  smooth,  polished  carapace. 
  {Porcelain  jasper}.  (Min.)  See  {Porcelanite}. 
  {Porcelain  printing},  the  transferring  of  an  impression  of  an 
  engraving  to  porcelain. 
  {Porcelain  shell}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  cowry. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Porcelain  \Por"ce*lain\,  n.  (Bot.) 
  Purslain.  [Obs.] 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  :  made  of  a  more  or  less  translucent  ceramic 

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