red clay


noun Geology.

a brown to red, widely distributed deep-sea deposit consisting chiefly of microscopic particles and tinted red by iron oxides and manganese.

Origin of red clay

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400
Related formsred-clay, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for red clay

Historical Examples of red clay

  • I prefer a porous, red-clay subsoil, and a northeast or east aspect.

    The Apple


  • He, Burl, had killed a hunting-spider upon the red-clay cliff.

    The Mad Planet

    Murray Leinster

  • Quinton Edge himself was sitting at the corner of the fireplace smoking a red-clay pipe with a reed stem.

    The Doomsman

    Van Tassel Sutphen

  • Big Wolf removed the long-stemmed, red-clay pipe from his lips and held it out to the newcomer.

  • From the "fire-bag" hanging from his waist he produced a red-clay bowl such as the natives use, and a bundle of new reed stems.

    The Huntress

    Hulbert Footner