kaolin

or ka·o·line

[key-uh-lin]

noun

a fine white clay used in the manufacture of porcelain.

Origin of kaolin

1720–30; < French < Chinese (Wade-Giles) Kao1ling3, (pinyin) Gāolǐng mountain in Jiangxi province that yielded the first kaolin sent to Europe (gāo high + lǐng hill)
Related formska·o·lin·ic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for kaolin

kaolin

kaoline

noun

a fine white clay used for the manufacture of hard-paste porcelain and bone china and in medicine as a poultice and gastrointestinal absorbentAlso called: china clay, china stone
Derived Formskaolinic, adjective

Word Origin for kaolin

C18: from French, from Chinese Kaoling Chinese mountain where supplies for Europe were first obtained, from kao high + ling hill
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Word Origin and History for kaolin
n.

"china clay," 1727, from French kaolin (1712), from Chinese Kao-ling, old-style transliteration of the name of a mountain in Jiangxi, China (near which it was originally dug up), from Chinese gao "high" + ling "mountain, hill."

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Medicine definitions for kaolin

kaolin

[kāə-lĭn]

n.

A fine white clay that, when powdered, is used as a demulcent and adsorbent and, in dentistry, as an agent that confers opacity and toughness to porcelain teeth.
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