china clay


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n china clay 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)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Some china is called "bone" china because some powdered animal bone is mixed in with the clay used to make this china: it gives the china a special kind of strength, whiteness, and translucency.
    • China clay See Kaolin.
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In literature:

Stafford owes much of its wealth to the large deposits of the rare china clay found in it from time to time.
"The Lair of the White Worm" by Bram Stoker
Even a gas-tank is nothing but a large pitcher, made of iron because iron does not break as easily as china and is less porous than clay.
"Ancient Man" by Hendrik Willem van Loon
KAOLIN, a fine white clay, a hydrous silicate of alumina, which does not colour when fired; used in making porcelain; called also China clay.
"The Nuttall Encyclopaedia" by Edited by Rev. James Wood
Let them take canvas or paper for such work, but not clay or china.
"Miscellanies" by Oscar Wilde
South-eastern China was also the chief centre of porcelain production, although china clay is found also in North China.
"A history of China., [3d ed. rev. and enl.]" by Wolfram Eberhard
The Distribution, Properties, Uses and Analyses of Ball Clays, China Clays and China Stone.
"The Chemistry of Hat Manufacturing" by Watson Smith
Peat is found in abundance, as well as gypsum, china-clay, potters' earth and salt.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 2" by Various
China clay or kaolin is found on the southern side of Dartmoor, at Lee Moor, and near Trowlesworthy.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 3" by Various
Limestone, grindstones, china-clay and building-stone are quarried.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 1" by Various
A few of the most important clay rocks, such as china-clay, brick-clay, red-clay and shale, may be briefly described here.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 4" by Various

In poetry:

When we behold a piece of China clay
Formed up into a China dish complete,
All spiced o'er with gold sparks display
Their beauty all under a glass robe neat,
We gaze thereat, and wonder rise up will,
Wond'ring to see the Chinese art and skill.
"Preparatory Meditations - Second Series: 143" by Edward Taylor
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:

China Clay / Aluminium Silicate.
When I stood at the edge of the huge crater, once an abandoned china-clay pit near St Austell, Cornwall , I kept grasping for comparisons.
Until recently, the oldest known clay pot in the world was a 14,000-year-old vessel from the middle reaches of the Yangtze river in China.
), the China Clay Purifying Masque (seriously good for cleaning your pores) and the Pomegranate Anti-...