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1Usually with capital initials. Porcelain covered in a bright red glaze.
2A bright red glaze for porcelain, made from copper oxide and originally developed in China.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Louis Solon (1835–1913). From French rouge flambé, rouge flammé kind of Chinese red glaze from rouge + flambé fiery, having flames. Compare rouge au grand feu. Compare flambé.
rouge flambé/ruːʒ ˈflɑːmbeɪ//ruːʒ ˈflɒmbeɪ//ruːʒ ˈflambeɪ/
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