One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Any of various kinds of high-quality pottery having a fine texture and relatively thin walls (sometimes contrasted with coarse ware); specifically (Archaeology) a type of fine, often decorated pottery typically used for tableware or personal items.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in Walter Davies (1761–1849), antiquary and poet. From fine + ware.
fine ware/ˈfʌɪn wɛː/
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