One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Designating or characteristic of a type of porcelain manufactured chiefly in the village of Okawachi on the Japanese island of Kyushu in the 17th and 18th centuries.
Late 19th century. From Nabeshima, the name of a baronial family in feudal Japan, adopted by them from the name of a place in Hizen province (now in Saga Prefecture) where they settled in the late 15th cent. and to which they later brought potters from Korea to produce porcelain.
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