Meaning of CHINA in English


n. & adj.

n. 1 a kind of fine white or translucent ceramic ware, porcelain, etc. 2 things made from ceramic, esp. household tableware. 3 rhymingsl. one's 'mate', i.e. husband or wife (short for china plate).

adj. made of china. china clay kaolin. China tea smoke-cured tea from a small-leaved tea plant grown in China.

[ orig. China ware (from China in Asia): name f. Pers. chini ]

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