clayish

clayey

[kley-ee]
adjective, clayier, clayiest.
1.
covered or smeared with clay.
2.
like or resembling clay.
3.
full of or abounding in clay.
Also, clayish.


Origin:
before 1050; Middle English cleii, Old English clǣig; see clay1, -ey1

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clay (kleɪ)
 
n
1.  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, etcRelated: figuline
2.  earth or mud in general
3.  poetic the material of the human body
 
vb
4.  (tr) to cover or mix with clay
 
Related: figuline
 
[Old English clǣg; related to Old High German klīa, Norwegian kli, Latin glūs glue, Greek gloios sticky oil]
 
'clayey
 
adj
 
'clayish
 
adj
 
'claylike
 
adj

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