• WordNet 3.6
    • n clunch hardened clay
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Clunch (Mining) Indurated clay. See Bind n., 3.
    • Clunch One of the hard beds of the lower chalk.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n clunch One of the names current in England for a coarse, impure variety of clay, especially for that commonly occurring in the coal-measures. The Oxford clay, a member of the Middle Oolite of the English geologists, was originally designated by W. Smith as the “clunch clay.” In Cambridgeshire some of the beds of the Chalk are sufficiently indurated to furnish an inferior building-stone, and this is known in that vicinity as clunch.
    • clunch Close-grained, as stone or wood.
    • clunch Stumpy; squat.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Clunch klunsh the miner's name for tough indurated clay, sometimes found in the coal-measures.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Perh. fr. clinch, to make fast
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ety. dub.; prob. related to Clump.


In literature:

The church is very ancient; it is cruciform, of flint and clunch stone.
"Hertfordshire" by Herbert W Tompkins
His fingers are not long and drawn out to handle a fiddle, but his fist clunched with the habit of disputing.
"Microcosmography" by John Earle
That's it though, 'pend upon it; right up in the clunch o' that bough.
"Change in the Village" by (AKA George Bourne) George Sturt
No wonder the Sweet Apple folk were "clunch"!
"Notwithstanding" by Mary Cholmondeley

In poetry:

Beyond the Chiltern coast, this church:
A lighthouse in dry seas of standing corn.
Bees hive in the tower; the outer stone
Pared and frittered in sunlight, flakes with the years:
Clunch crumbles, but silence, exaltation, endures.
"Edlesborough" by Anne Ridler