American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Finely pulverized gypsum used in making paper and paints and as a nutrient for growing yeast.
- n. Kaolin.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Com.) a white amorphous earthy substance consisting of burnt gypsum, aluminium silicate (kaolin), or some similar ingredient, as magnesia. It is sometimes used to adulterate certain foods, spices, candies, paints, etc.
- n. a fine usually white clay formed by the weathering of aluminous minerals (as feldspar); used in ceramics and as an absorbent and as a filler (e.g., in paper)
- n. finely pulverized gypsum used especially as a pigment
- n. fine white clay used in making tobacco pipes and pottery and in whitening leather
- New Latin : Latin terra, earth + Latin alba, feminine of albus, white. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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