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ball clay

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noun Ceramics.
  1. a fine dark kaolinic clay that turns white or nearly white when fired, used in the manufacture of a wide variety of ceramic wares in combination with other clays for its exceptional bonding properties and plasticity.
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Origin of ball clay

First recorded in 1805–15
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