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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Por·ce·lain n.  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 Zool., any crab of the genus Porcellana and allied genera (family Porcellanidæ). 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 Zool., a cowry.