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china clay

Origin of china clay
First recorded in 1830-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • As a 129 final finish, the flesh side may be rubbed over with chalk or china clay to give it a clear saleable appearance.

    Leather K. J. Adcock
  • Kaolin or china clay is usually fine, white, and refractory.

    The Potter's Craft Charles F. Binns
  • According to Hickling the product of the action of hydrofluoric acid 'has not the remotest resemblance to china clay.'

    The Natural History of Clay Alfred B. Searle
  • We failed to trace any legend or folk-lore about china clay.

    Cornish Saints and Sinners J. Henry Harris
  • In the St Austell district the place of tin and copper mining has been taken by that of the raising and preparation of china clay.

  • This first discovery of china clay has led to that great development of the industry, of which St. Austell is the centre.

    Nooks and Corners of Cornwall C. A. Dawson Scott
  • Years ago there had been a small find of china clay on the headland.

    The School by the Sea Angela Brazil
  • "Fish, tin, and copper," was the old commercial toast; but china clay has come in and taken a front seat.

    Cornish Saints and Sinners J. Henry Harris
  • Now, the clay is easily penetrable, and the original hole probably pierced a bed of china clay.

  • The china clay of Cornwall is added to the same mixture of flint and felspar, when a finer pottery or porcelain is required.

British Dictionary definitions for china clay

china clay

another name for kaolin
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