One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Any of various kinds of pottery made from red clay or given a red colour in firing; especially (a) boccaro as imported into Europe from China in the 17th cent., or European stoneware made in imitation of this; (b) a kind of coarse pottery made from red clay which fires at a low temperature.
Late 17th century; earliest use found in Martin Lister (bap. 1639, d. 1712), physician and naturalist. From red + ware.
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