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barbotine Line breaks: bar¦bo|tine
Pronunciation: /ˈbɑːbətɪn/

Definition of barbotine in English:


[mass noun]
Slip (liquid clay) used to decorate pottery: [as modifier]: barbotine decoration the barbotine method
More example sentences
  • In barbotine work, the decoration was either of the same or of a different colour from that of the ground.
  • The upper wall has barbotine decoration in the form of leaf scrolls on both sides running from handle to handle.
  • Less ambitious barbotine wares occur in the Danubian areas (especially Bulgaria) and in Egypt.


Mid 19th century: from French.

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