- a fine white clay used in the manufacture of porcelain.
Origin of kaolin
Related Wordsmud, brick, earth, pottery, slip, till, adobe, bole, marl, loam, loess, kaolin, argil, wacke
Examples from the Web for kaolin
Besides, was not Kaolin himself the bosom friend of her brother Ludwig?
For is not Kaolin now cacique—he who saved them from death and destruction?
And what is this kaolin of which Will had discovered so grand a store?Menhardoc
George Manville Fenn
Kaolin or china clay is usually fine, white, and refractory.The Potter's Craft
Charles F. Binns
It is not, therefore, composed simply of kaolin and petuntse.
- 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
Word Origin and History for kaolin
"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."
- 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.