Definition of maiolica in English:


Line breaks: mai¦ol|ica
Pronunciation: /məˈjɒlɪkə
, mʌɪˈɒlɪkə


[mass noun]
  • Fine earthenware with coloured decoration on an opaque white tin glaze, originating in Italy during the Renaissance.
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    • Traditionally, maiolica is earthenware with a lead-based glaze made opaque by tin oxide.
    • Through the Renaissance, collectors displayed maiolica proudly and prominently in their homes and businesses.
    • The rise of maiolica during the Italian Renaissance signaled a change in the perception and purpose of ceramic wares.


mid 16th century: Italian, from Maiolica 'Majorca'.

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