One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A kind of Italian decorative pottery made between the 15th and 17th centuries, frequently less ornamental and elaborate than true maiolica, and typically produced by painting not on a tin-glaze but on a white clay slip. Also more generally: early or primitive maiolica.
Mid 19th century. From Italian mezzamaiolica, mezza maiolica from mezza, feminine of mezzo half + maiolica.
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