terra alba

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n terra alba 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)
    • n terra alba fine white clay used in making tobacco pipes and pottery and in whitening leather
    • n terra alba finely pulverized gypsum used especially as a pigment
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Terra alba (Com) a white amorphous earthy substance consisting of burnt gypsum, aluminium silicate (kaolin), or some similar ingredient, as magnesia. It is sometimes used to adulterate certain foods, spices, candies, paints, etc.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., white earth

Usage

In literature:

I am Adone Alba, of the Terra Vergine, and my mother is a kind woman.
"The Waters of Edera" by Louise de la Ramée, a.k.a. Ouida
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