pipe clay


a fine, white clay used for making tobacco pipes, whitening parts of military or other dress, etc.

Origin of pipe clay

First recorded in 1750–60

Definition for pipeclay (2 of 2)

[ pahyp-kley ]
/ ˈpaɪpˌkleɪ /

verb (used with object)

to whiten with pipe clay.

Origin of pipe-clay

First recorded in 1825–35
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British Dictionary definitions for pipeclay

/ (ˈpaɪpˌkleɪ) /


a fine white pure clay, used in the manufacture of tobacco pipes and pottery and for whitening leather and similar materials


(tr) to whiten with pipeclay
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