Definitions

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

  • n. A fine clay used in ceramics and refractories and as a filler or coating for paper and textiles.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A fine clay, rich in kaolinite, used in ceramics, paper-making, etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A very pure white clay, ordinarily in the form of an impalpable powder, and used to form the paste of porcelain; China clay; porcelain clay. It is chiefly derived from the decomposition of common feldspar.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A fine variety of clay, resulting from the decomposition of feldspar.

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

  • 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)

Etymologies

French, from Chinese (Mandarin) Gāolǐng, a mountain of Jiangxi province.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Mandarin 高陵 (gāolíng, "high hill"), in Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province, China, the location where this clay was first found. (Wiktionary)

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