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red clay

noun, Geology.
1.
a brown to red, widely distributed deep-sea deposit consisting chiefly of microscopic particles and tinted red by iron oxides and manganese.
Origin of red clay
1350-1400
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400
Related forms
red-clay, adjective
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  • A road of red clay soft from the rains stretched before them.

    The Rock of Chickamauga Joseph A. Altsheler
  • He says there's no other red clay like that that plasters your car.

    Red Pepper Burns Grace S. Richmond
  • I have found only a little of red clay subsoil in draining my farm.

    Farm drainage Henry Flagg French
  • Randal rubbed some of the dirt and red clay off, and found that the metal was yellow.

    The Gold Of Fairnilee Andrew Lang
  • We were on red clay, soil like that of Devonshire or Niagara.

    The Red Watch J. A. Currie
  • Those remaining were stained with blood and red clay, and soaked with rain.

    The Great Gray Plague Raymond F. Jones
  • His paws and belly were covered with red clay; and yet the weather was dry, there was no mud.

    The Mason-bees J. Henri Fabre

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