bisque (n.1) Look up bisque at
"stewed, thickened soup," 1640s, bisk, from French bisque "crayfish soup" (17c.), said to be an altered form of Biscaye "Biscay" (see Biscay). Gamillscheg says: "Volkstümliche Entlehnung aus norm. bisque 'schlechtes Getränk.'" Modern form in English from 1731.
bisque (n.2) Look up bisque at
"unglazed white porcelain used for statuettes, figurines, etc.," 1660s, alteration of biscuit, literally "twice-baked."