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- noun Clay, especially a white clay used by potters.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun Potters' clay.
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- noun (Min.) Clay, or potter's earth; sometimes pure clay, or alumina. See
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- noun a white clay (especially a white clay used by potters)
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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 (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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So they toiled up the stiff and slippery slope, and found a scatter of crate-huts crowning a bald head of yellow argil.
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
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.
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."
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.