from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A pit where clay is dug.


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  • Yes, it included the clay-pit and all the knolls, and its boundary that ran along the big canon was over a mile long.

    Chapter VIII

  • Salving his conscience with the idea that this was part of the inspection, he rode on to the clay-pit -- a huge scar in a hillside.

    Chapter VIII

  • They turned in at the gate, where the road to the clay-pit crossed the fields, and both sniffed with delight as the warm aroma of the ripe hay rose in their nostrils.

    Chapter XXIV

  • As on the first day, he turned aside from the clay-pit and worked through the woods to the left, passing the first spring and jumping the horses over the ruined remnants of the stake-and-rider fence.

    Chapter XXIV

  • Hillard, the owner, depended on the income from the clay-pit.

    Chapter VIII

  • Chavon's that land poor he's had to sink all his clay-pit earnin's into taxes an 'interest.


  • Besides, the ranch included the clay-pit, and it would give him the whip-hand over Holdsworthy if he ever tried to cut up any didoes.

    Chapter IX

  • The position of the clay-pit face should be drawn on the map every few months, and the date written on the line representing the face.

    Chapter 6

  • ‘That aspen-tree, ’ began Bazarov, ‘reminds me of my childhood; it grows at the edge of the clay-pits where the bricks were dug, and in those days I believed firmly that that clay-pit and aspen-tree possessed a peculiar talismanic power; I never felt dull near them.

    Chapter XXI

  • That was ever our wonder as we bounded forth at last -- to the old clay-pit to make pots, or to hunt bears among the hazels.

    The Golden Age


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