kaolin

or ka·o·line

[key-uh-lin]
See more synonyms for kaolin on Thesaurus.com

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
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for kaolin

mud, brick, earth, pottery, slip, till, adobe, bole, marl, loam, loess, kaolin, argil, wacke

Examples from the Web for kaolin

Historical Examples of kaolin


British Dictionary definitions for kaolin

kaolin

kaoline

noun
  1. 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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

kaolin in Medicine

kaolin

[kāə-lĭn]
n.
  1. 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.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.