(3 syl.), 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
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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