American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Clay, especially a white clay used by potters.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Potters' clay. This word has been used in different senses, and was proposed as a name for alumina when its nature was first discovered. It is now used by technical writers as a distinctive term for clay which is fit for potters' use.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Min.) Clay, or potter's earth; sometimes pure clay, or alumina. See clay.
- n. a white clay (especially a white clay used by potters)
- Ultimately from Ancient Greek ἄργιλλος. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English argilla, from Latin, from Greek argillos; see arg- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The valley-sides of dark trap were striped with white veins of heat-altered argil; the sole with black magnetic sand; and patches of the bed were buttercup-yellow with the Handán (dandelion), the”
“Of flint or silex, lime or calcareous earth, and clay or argil, in various degrees of combination, the greatest parts of the mountains and plains, and the whole of what we commonly understand by soil, mould, earth, &c. are composed.”
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“The valley-sides of dark trap were striped with white veins of heat-altered argil; the sole with black magnetic sand; and patches of the bed were buttercup-yellow with the Handán”
“So they toiled up the stiff and slippery slope, and found a scatter of crate-huts crowning a bald head of yellow argil.”
“The argil lamps, suspended below these images, shed a flickering light.”
“A table in the centre exhibited curiosities of the rarest description: the shell of a Cauchoise cap, two argil urns, medals, and a phial of opaline glass.”
“In 1715," relates Dom Martin, "one Sieur Heribel exhumed in the vicinity of Bayeux, several argil vases full of bones, and concluded (in accordance with tradition and authorities which had disappeared) that this place, a necropolis, was the Mount Faunus in which the Golden Calf is buried.”
“It was no slight task, before pasting on the labels, to know the names of the rocks; the variety of colours and of grain made them confuse argil and marl, granite and gneiss, quartz and limestone.”
“So rich is the dark-colored tenacious argil of the”
“In the argil are imbedded small crystals of hornblende, or of mica, and thin pieces of quartz at most two lines square.”
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