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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Clay, especially a white clay used by potters.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. potter's clay.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Clay, or potter's earth; sometimes pure clay, or alumina. See clay.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Potters' clay.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a white clay (especially a white clay used by potters)


Middle English argilla, from Latin, from Greek argillos; see arg- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Ultimately from Ancient Greek ἄργιλλος. (Wiktionary)



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