Adjective "kaolin" definition and examples

(Kaolin may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/ˈkeɪəlɪn/

Definitions and examples

noun

A fine soft white clay, resulting from the natural decomposition of other clays or feldspar. It is used for making porcelain and china, as a filler in paper and textiles, and in medicinal absorbents.
  1. 'An extensive residue of white kaolin clay pigment is preserved on the exterior surface, which also exhibits extensive striations and wear, apparently the result of the processing and working of the pigment on the dish.'
  2. 'Surprisingly, many of these are inorganic minerals; for example talc and kaolin or china clay.'
  3. 'They were the first to use kaolin clay for porcelains, so that when thin enough, the walls revealed breathtaking translucency.'
  4. 'But the fine, white clay called kaolin was essential.'
  5. 'The white kaolin clay has extra fine particles that simultaneously thwart insects and act as an alkaline barrier to fungal spores.'

More definitions

1. a fine white clay used in the manufacture of porcelain.

More examples(as adjective)

"plants can be kaolin."

"operations can be kaolin."

"businesses can be kaolin."

"units can be kaolin."

"productions can be kaolin."

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Origin

Early 18th century: from French, from Chinese gāolǐng, literally ‘high hill’, the name of a mountain in Jiangxi province where the clay is found.