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fuller's earth

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  1. an absorbent clay, used especially for removing grease from fabrics, in fulling cloth, as a filter, and as a dusting powder.

Origin of fuller's earth

First recorded in 1515–25
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British Dictionary definitions for fuller's earth

fuller's earth

  1. a natural absorbent clay used, after heating, for decolorizing oils and fats, fulling cloth, etc
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fuller's earth in Medicine

fuller's earth

  1. A highly absorbent claylike substance consisting of hydrated aluminum silicates, applied moistened with water as a poultice.
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