• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Slate-clay a fissile shale
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. esclat—Old High Ger. slīzan, Ger. schleissen, to split.


In literature:

The other culprit was Anthony Pye, who poured the last drops of water from his slate bottle down the back of Aurelia Clay's neck.
"Anne Of Avonlea" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
When we left the Chipongo on the 30th we passed among the range of hills on our left, which are composed of mica and clay slate.
"Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa" by David Livingstone
I have already said the mountain is composed of white quartz rock, and with it a little glossy clay-slate is associated.
"A Naturalist's Voyage Round the World" by Charles Darwin
Some slate was observed, and frequently our way lay over beds of red clay.
"Narrative of a Mission to Central Africa Performed in the Years 1850-51, Volume 1" by James Richardson
An implement or ceremonial stone of ferruginous slate, possibly a clay iron-stone, or limonite.
"Illustrated Catalogue of a Portion of the Collections Made" by William H. Holmes
I hoped along with the petrified wood to find some strata of clay-slate or schist with leaf-impressions.
"The Voyage of the Vega round Asia and Europe, Volume I and Volume II" by A.E. Nordenskieold
They may be reduced to the three great classes of clays, including the different kinds of clay slates, shales, etc., sandstone and limestone.
"Elements of Agricultural Chemistry" by Thomas Anderson
Shale has many varieties, but is principally hardened clay; it tends to split into slate-like plates each the thickness of its original deposit.
"The Book of the National Parks" by Robert Sterling Yard
Sand-stone is common; limestone more rare; but clay-slate appears to be the common basis.
"Travels in North America, From Modern Writers" by William Bingley
The other mineral productions of the county consist of marbles, building stones, slates and potters' clay.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 3" by Various

In poetry:

But she got her honest living out of homelier kinds of freights,
Such as salt and malt and china clay and blue Bethesda slates,
With perhaps a voyage foreign once in every good long while
For a fragrant load of oranges from far St. Michael's Isle.
"Coasting Brigantine - Unnamed" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

Expanded Shale Clay & Slate Institute.