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ball clay


noun Ceramics.

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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ball ammunition, ball and chain, ball and ring, ball bearing, ball boy, ball clay, ball club, ball cock, ball control, ball fern, ball foot

Origin of ball clay

First recorded in 1805–15
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