• WordNet 3.6
    • n kaolin 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
    • n Kaolin (Min) 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.☞ The name is now applied to all porcelain clays which endure the fire without discoloration.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n kaolin A fine variety of clay, resulting from the decomposition of feldspar. It is a hydrated silicate of aluminium. When pure it is perfectly white, and forms compact, friable, or mealy masses, made up of scalelike crystals. It is soft and unctuous to the touch. Kaolin forms one of the two ingredients in Oriental porcelain; the other, called in China petuntze, is a quartzose feldspathic rock. Kaolin occurs in China, Japan, Saxony, Cornwall, near Limoges in France, and at several localities in the United States; that from Limoges is used for the famous Sèvres porcelain. In mineralogy called kaolinite.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Kaolin kä′o-lin same as China clay.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Chin. kao-ling,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
From the mountain Kao-ling ('high ridge') in China.


In literature:

If available, a mixture of kaolin and pectin should be given for diarrhea.
"In Time Of Emergency" by Department of Defense
The alcohol is passed with steam through a vertical iron tube filled with kaolin and heated.
"Creative Chemistry" by Edwin E. Slosson
White clay or kaolin, same as Nos.
"Illustrated Catalogue Of The Collections Obtained From The Indians Of New Mexico And Arizona In 1879" by James Stevenson
Kaolin is shipped out in considerable quantities.
"Our Southern Highlanders" by Horace Kephart
Clay and kaolin suitable for pottery are also extracted.
"Area Handbook for Albania" by Eugene K. Keefe
Her mother and the nearest clan kin paint themselves with kaolin and visit her grave, accompanied by certain of her tribal brothers.
"Oriental Women" by Edward Bagby Pollard
Kaolin is a white clay which, when baked, becomes porcelain.
"Earth and Sky Every Child Should Know" by Julia Ellen Rogers
Phillips, Mr. W., on kaolin of China, 11.
"A Manual of Elementary Geology" by Charles Lyell
Beryl suffers alteration by weathering, and may thus pass into kaolin and mica.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Slice 6" by Various
He had been appointed one of the Board of Superintendence in a kaolin company.
"Sentimental Education Vol 1" by Gustave Flaubert

In news:

KaMin exports about 60% of its production of kaolin clay to customers in more than 50 countries.
Imerys has signed a final agreement regarding its acquisition of The Feldspar Corp. A subsidiary of Zemex Corp. That includes its feldspar and kaolin activities.
Kaolin Global Demand to Accelerate.
BASF said that it will increase kaolin prices globally for paper applications, effective immediately or as contracts allow.
BASF Announces Kaolin Price Hikes.
Effective immediately, or as contracts allow, BASF will increase kaolin prices globally for industrial applications.
Thiele Kaolin Company is pleased to announce that Chris Fagouri has joined the company as Market Development Manager.
Thiele Kaolin Company said that the company has worked three years without incurring a lost time accident.
Region's kaolin history is nearly forgotten.
One of the more interesting stories concerning this region is that of the kaolin mining industry.
According to "World Kaolin ," a new study from The Freedonia Group, global demand for kaolin is forecast to grow 1.7% per year to 24.8 million metric tons (Mt) in 2013, exceeding the growth achieved between 2003 and 2008.
Recently announced the elimination of a temporary energy surcharge across its lineup of calcined and water-washed kaolin clay products used in industrial (non-paper) applications, effective May 15, 2006.
Researchers are evaluating the kaolin-based product for insect control and protection from sunburn.
The Cabernet Sauvignon grapes on the right were treated with the kaolin clay product Surround .
Thiele Kaolin Company annouinced that Sue Tang has joined the company as Technical Service Engineer for North America.