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 for kaolin
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Kaolin \Ka"o*lin\, Kaoline \Ka"o*line\, n. [Chin. kao-ling.]
     (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.
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     Note: The name is now applied to all porcelain clays which
           endure the fire without discoloration.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Clay \Clay\ (kl[=a]), n. [AS. cl[=ae]g; akin to LG. klei, D.
     klei, and perh. to AS. cl[=a]m clay, L. glus, gluten glue,
     Gr. gloio`s glutinous substance, E. glue. Cf. Clog.]
     1. A soft earth, which is plastic, or may be molded with the
        hands, consisting of hydrous silicate of aluminium. It is
        the result of the wearing down and decomposition, in part,
        of rocks containing aluminous minerals, as granite. Lime,
        magnesia, oxide of iron, and other ingredients, are often
        present as impurities.
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     2. (Poetry & Script.) Earth in general, as representing the
        elementary particles of the human body; hence, the human
        body as formed from such particles.
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              I also am formed out of the clay.     --Job xxxiii.
                                                    6.
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              The earth is covered thick with other clay,
              Which her own clay shall cover.       --Byron.
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     Bowlder clay. See under Bowlder.
  
     Brick clay, the common clay, containing some iron, and
        therefore turning red when burned.
  
     Clay cold, cold as clay or earth; lifeless; inanimate.
  
     Clay ironstone, an ore of iron consisting of the oxide or
        carbonate of iron mixed with clay or sand.
  
     Clay marl, a whitish, smooth, chalky clay.
  
     Clay mill, a mill for mixing and tempering clay; a pug
        mill.
  
     Clay pit, a pit where clay is dug.
  
     Clay slate (Min.), argillaceous schist; argillite.
  
     Fatty clays, clays having a greasy feel; they are chemical
        compounds of water, silica, and aluminia, as halloysite,
        bole, etc.
  
     Fire clay, a variety of clay, entirely free from lime,
        iron, or an alkali, and therefore infusible, and used for
        fire brick.
  
     Porcelain clay, a very pure variety, formed directly from
        the decomposition of feldspar, and often called kaolin.
        
  
     Potter's clay, a tolerably pure kind, free from iron.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  kaolin
      n 1: 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) [syn: china
           clay, china stone, kaolin, kaoline, porcelain
           clay, terra alba]

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