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china clay

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noun
  1. kaolin.
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Origin of china clay

First recorded in 1830–40
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Historical Examples

  • Limestone, grindstones, china-clay and building-stone are quarried.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 1

    Various

  • China-clay consists of decomposed felspar, quartz and white mica.

    Cornwall

    Sabine Baring-Gould

  • A place that flourishes on the china-clay works in the neighbourhood.

    Cornwall

    Sabine Baring-Gould

  • The china-clay rocks of Cornwall and Devon are granites in which the orthoclase has become kaolinized.

  • In order to prepare kaolin for the market, the china-clay rock is broken up, and the clay washed out by means of water.


British Dictionary definitions for china clay

china clay

china stone

noun
  1. another name for kaolin
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