Definition of petuntse in English:

petuntse

noun

  • A type of weathered volcanic tuff used to make Chinese porcelain.

    • ‘Unlike earthenware and stoneware, porcelain is basically made from a mixture of two ingredients - kaolin and petuntse.’
    • ‘The proportions of kaolin and petuntse in hard-paste porcelain may vary.’
    • ‘Other fusible materials were added: the mineral sericite (a type of mica called petuntse) by the Chinese, alabaster by the Böttger workshop.’

Origin

Early 18th century: from Chinese (Mandarin dialect) báidūnzi, from bái ‘white’ + dūn ‘stone’ + the suffix -zi.

Pronunciation

petuntse

/pəˈto͝ontsə/