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 Poplar (The).Porch (The). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Porcelain (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 and Porcelain.)   1
 


 Poplar (The).Porch (The). 

 
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