- 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
- to whiten with pipe clay.
Origin of pipe-clay
First recorded in 1825–35
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Examples from the Web for pipeclay
Majorca lay below, glistening amidst its hillocks of pipeclay.A Boy's Voyage Round the World
The Son of Samuel Smiles
I've put in sivinteen years, an' the pipeclay's in the marrow av me.Soldier Stories
No more the worsted bravery, the pipeclay, lace and scarlet.War and the Weird
He says also that the pipeclay which Martin had found at Alcora was the best in Europe.The Industrial Arts in Spain
Juan F. Riao
Good linseed oil varnish is ground with equal weights of white lead, oxide of manganese, and pipeclay.
- 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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