verb (used with object)
Origin of clay1
Origin of clay2
Related Words for claymud, brick, earth, pottery, slip, till, adobe, bole, marl, loam, loess, kaolin, argil, wacke
Examples from the Web for clay
Contemporary Examples of clay
But, together, Webster, Clay, and Calhoun delayed the Civil War for 40 years.
Clay engineered the morally indefensible Missouri Compromise.
It just changed into something quite dark and unattractive with Clay, and was a unique moment in my artistic career.Ron Perlman's Secret Suicide Attempt
October 28, 2014
Horace was athletic and clever, known, probably apocryphally, as the fastest cotton picker in Clay County.Those Kansas City Blues: A Family History
October 24, 2014
There was that Twitter rant by Dan Haseltine, lead singer of Jars of Clay, supporting gay marriage.Is the Christian Music Industry Softening on Gays?
Matthew Paul Turner
October 19, 2014
Historical Examples of clay
This we also burnt with fire, after we had protected the fresh flint by plastering it with clay.The Trail Book
Come, bring thy load, cast it on Him Who fashioned thee from clay.Rico and Wiseli
The fire was burning on a clay floor a few feet from where I was lying.Green Mansions
W. H. Hudson
We stuffed the pink dainties with mint, and baked them in balls of clay.In the Valley
They passed an outdoor oven like a little round hill of stones and clay.Buried Cities, Part 2
Word Origin for clay
Old English clæg "stiff, sticky earth; clay," from West Germanic *klaijaz (cf. Old High German kliwa "bran," German Kleie, Old Frisian klai "clay," Old Saxon klei, Middle Dutch clei, Danish klæg "clay;" also Old English clæman, Old Norse kleima, Old High German kleiman "to cover with clay"), from PIE root *glei- "clay" (cf. Greek gloios "sticky matter;" Latin gluten "glue;" Old Church Slavonic glina "clay," glenu "slime, mucus;" Old Irish glenim "I cleave, adhere").
in Scripture, the stuff from which the body of the first man was formed; hence "human body" (especially when dead). Clay pigeon is from 1888. Feet of clay "fundamental weakness" is from Dan. ii:33.
In addition to the idiom beginning with clay
- clay pigeon
- feet of clay