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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
clay1 /kleɪ/USA pronunciation
- Chemistry, Geologya natural earthy material that is stiff and sticky when wet, used for making bricks, pottery, etc.:They baked the clay in the sun into bricks.
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clay /kleɪ/ n
Etymology: Old English clǣg; related to Old High German klīa, Norwegian kli, Latin glūs glue, Greek gloios sticky oilˈclayey, ˈclayish, ˈclayˌlike adj
- a very fine-grained material that consists of hydrated aluminium silicate, quartz, and organic fragments and occurs as sedimentary rocks, soils, and other deposits. It becomes plastic when moist but hardens on heating and is used in the manufacture of bricks, cement, ceramics, etc
- earth or mud in general
- poetic the material of the human body
Clay /kleɪ/ n
- Henry. 1777–1852, US statesman and orator; secretary of state (1825–29)