china clay

china clay

noun

Origin:
1830–40

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china clay or china stone
 
n
another name for kaolin
 
china stone or china stone
 
n

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china clay

soft white clay that is an essential ingredient in the manufacture of china and porcelain and is widely used in the making of paper, rubber, paint, and many other products. Kaolin is named after the hill in China (Kao-ling) from which it was mined for centuries. Samples of kaolin were first sent to Europe by a French Jesuit missionary around 1700 as examples of the materials used by the Chinese in the manufacture of porcelain.

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