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Porcelain (3 syl.)

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from porcelana, “a little pig.” So called by the Portuguese traders, from its resemblance to cowrie-shells, the shape of which is not unlike a pig’s back. The Chinese earthenware being white and glossy, like the inside of the shells, suggested the application of the name. (See Marryatt’s History of Pottery and Porcelain.)

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Pope’s Sermon (A)
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Poplar (The)
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