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Faience

(2 syl.). Majolica. So called from Faenza, where, in 1299, it was first manufactured. It is termed majolica because the first specimens the Italians saw came from Majorca. In France it now means a fine ware not equal to porcelain.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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