fuller's earth


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n fuller's earth an absorbent soil resembling clay; used in fulling (shrinking and thickening) woolen cloth and as an adsorbent
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Fuller's earth a variety of clay, used in scouring and cleansing cloth, to imbibe grease.
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  • John Gay
    “But money, wife, is the true Fuller's Earth for reputations, there is not a spot or a stain but what it can take out.”


In literature:

We've tobacco for our pipes and quinine for our stomachs and fuller's earth for our feet.
"On the Firing Line" by Anna Chapin Ray and Hamilton Brock Fuller
Fuller's earth is used for cleaning carpets, and weak solutions of alum or soda are used for reviving the colours.
"Enquire Within Upon Everything" by Anonymous
Fuller's earth (baked), 14 lbs.
"The Art of Perfumery" by G. W. Septimus Piesse
Use tailor's chalk (fuller's earth) to clean hammer felts.
"Piano Tuning" by J. Cree Fischer
They should then be brushed, with a soft brush, and a mixture of fuller's earth and magnesia.
"A Treatise on Domestic Economy" by Catherine Esther Beecher
Wash same in Fuller's earth, and if the shade is then too pale, re-dye.
"Vegetable Dyes" by Ethel M. Mairet
Fuller's earth, is it?
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
Fuller's earth is used chiefly for bleaching, clarifying, or filtering mineral and vegetable oils, fats, and greases.
"The Economic Aspect of Geology" by C. K. Leith
I s'pose the fuller's earth is what does the most of the work.
"Under Fire" by Frank A. Munsey
But fuller's earth has still its uses at the toilet table, and in America other uses.
"Highways and Byways in Surrey" by Eric Parker
If they have acquired a musty scent, take out the heads, and let them be well scrubbed with sand and fuller's earth.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
His ideas are not clean, Mr. Moore; they want scouring with soft soap and fuller's earth.
"Shirley" by Charlotte Brontë
The method usually employed is the Fuller's Earth process.
"Soap-Making Manual" by E. G. Thomssen
Fuller's earth is either mined or dug in the open according to local circumstances.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 11, Slice 3" by Various
Fuller's earth occurs in parts of this formation in Surrey.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 12, Slice 5" by Various
Kimolos, which is absolutely treeless, produces fuller's-earth.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 8" by Various
They are next degreased by painting with fuller's earth paste and drying.
"Animal Proteins" by Hugh Garner Bennett