One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1with object To transform into (a substance resembling) porcelain; to give a hard glazed finish to. Also without object: to acquire a hard glazed finish. rare.
2with object Chiefly US. To coat with porcelain enamel or a similar vitreous coating.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Andrew Crombie Ramsay (1814–1891), geologist. From porcelain + -ize.
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