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Definition: porcelain clay
n : a fine usually white clay formed by the weathering of
aluminous minerals (as feldspar); used in ceramics and as
an absorbent and as a filler (e.g., in paper) [syn: china clay
, china stone
, terra alba
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Definition: Porcelain clay
(277), n. [F. porcelaine, It.
porcellana, orig., the porcelain shell, or Venus shell
(Cypr[ae]a porcellana), from a dim. fr. L. porcus pig,
probably from the resemblance of the shell in shape to a
pig's back. Porcelain was called after this shell, either on
account of its smoothness and whiteness, or because it was
believed to be made from it. See Pork
A fine translucent or semitransculent kind of earthenware,
made first in China and Japan, but now also in Europe and
America; -- called also China
, or China ware
Porcelain, by being pure, is apt to break. --Dryden.
, porcelain with a surface like ivory,
produced by depolishing. See Depolishing
. See under Clay
(Zo["o]l.), any crab of the genus
and allied genera (family Porcellanid[ae]
They have a smooth, polished carapace.
. (Min.) See Porcelanite
, the transferring of an impression of an
engraving to porcelain.
(Zo["o]l.), a cowry.
(kl[=a]), n. [AS. cl[=ae]g; akin to LG. klei, D.
klei, and perh. to AS. cl[=a]m clay, L. glus, gluten glue,
Gr. gloio`s glutinous substance, E. glue. Cf. Clog
1. A soft earth, which is plastic, or may be molded with the
hands, consisting of hydrous silicate of aluminium. It is
the result of the wearing down and decomposition, in part,
of rocks containing aluminous minerals, as granite. Lime,
magnesia, oxide of iron, and other ingredients, are often
present as impurities.
2. (Poetry & Script.) Earth in general, as representing the
elementary particles of the human body; hence, the human
body as formed from such particles.
I also am formed out of the clay. --Job xxxiii.
The earth is covered thick with other clay,
Which her own clay shall cover. --Byron.
. See under Bowlder
, the common clay, containing some iron, and
therefore turning red when burned.
, cold as clay or earth; lifeless; inanimate.
, an ore of iron consisting of the oxide or
carbonate of iron mixed with clay or sand.
, a whitish, smooth, chalky clay.
, a mill for mixing and tempering clay; a pug
, a pit where clay is dug.
(Min.), argillaceous schist; argillite.
, clays having a greasy feel; they are chemical
compounds of water, silica, and aluminia, as halloysite
, a variety of clay, entirely free from lime,
iron, or an alkali, and therefore infusible, and used for
, a very pure variety, formed directly from
the decomposition of feldspar, and often called kaolin
, a tolerably pure kind, free from iron.