terra alba

[ al-buh, awl- ]

noun
  1. any of various white, earthy or powdery substances, as pipe clay, gypsum, kaolin, or magnesia.

Origin of terra alba

1
1870–75; <Latin: white earth

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terra alba

/ (ˈælbə) /


noun
  1. a white finely powdered form of gypsum, used to make paints, paper, etc

  2. any of various other white earthy substances, such as kaolin, pipeclay, and magnesia

Origin of terra alba

1
from Latin, literally: white earth

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