from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An old name for kaolin or porcelain-clay.
- n. A stone found in Cornwall, and used for the making of porcelain.
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Cornish material was used in its construction -- Cornish granite, china-stone, polyphant, and serpentine, with Cornish copper in the clock-tower.
The _One-and-All_ lay head-to-stream, and so deep in the water that the tide all but washed her bulwarks, still grey with the dust of china-stone as she had come from her loading.
a hole I could shove my hand through -- not the seams, mark you, though they leaked bad enough -- but a hole where the china-stone had fairly knocked her open; and the timber all round it as rotten as cheese.