verb (used with object)
- claw-and-ball foot,
- clay court,
- clay eater,
- clay flour,
- clay mineral,
- clay pigeon
Origin of clay1
Examples from the Web for claying
While Grenada was in the hands of the French, there was a refinery of sugar, by claying, at least upon almost every plantation.
The appearance of the beans may often be improved by “claying,” a very slight coating of red earth or clay being added.
On their receipt they are placed in large storehouses, where the familiar operation of claying is performed.
On their receipt, they are placed in large storehouses, where the familiar operation of claying is performed.The Former Philippines thru Foreign Eyes|Toms de Comyn
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