or portland cement
a type of hydraulic cement usually made by burning a mixture of limestone and clay in a kiln.
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Origin of Portland cement
First recorded in 1815–25; named after the Isle of Portland, Dorsetshire, England
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British Dictionary definitions for portland cement
a cement that hardens under water and is made by heating a slurry of clay and crushed chalk or limestone to clinker in a kiln
Word Origin for Portland cement
C19: named after the Isle of Portland, because its colour resembles that of the stone quarried there
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