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pipe-clay

[pahyp-kley]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to whiten with pipe clay.

Origin of pipe-clay

First recorded in 1825–35

pipe clay

noun
  1. a fine, white clay used for making tobacco pipes, whitening parts of military or other dress, etc.

Origin of pipe clay

First recorded in 1750–60
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