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firebrick

[fahyuh r-brik] /ˈfaɪərˌbrɪk/
noun
1.
a brick made of fire clay.
Origin
1785-1795
1785-95; fire + brick
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Examples from the web for firebrick
  • Only two colours have been used, firebrick and rich pure gold.
  • Bricklayers also install firebrick linings in industrial furnaces.
  • All of the furnace stacks still contain vestiges of their firebrick linings.
  • Portions of the original firebrick inwall still remain.
  • The walls and floor of the tunnel are lined with firebrick.
  • Replace firebrick and other insulating materials when you see crumbling or other signs of deterioration.
  • Fire clay producers were mostly refractories manufacturers that used the clays in firebrick and other refractories.
  • firebrick, including fireplaces and chimney planning and layout including safety measures and building codes.
  • These workers specialize in installing firebrick or refractory tile.
  • If the chimney is firebrick then the squirrel can climb out on its own.
British Dictionary definitions for firebrick

firebrick

/ˈfaɪəˌbrɪk/
noun
1.
a refractory brick made of fire clay, used for lining furnaces, flues, etc
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Encyclopedia Article for firebrick

refractory material consisting of nonmetallic minerals formed in a variety of shapes for use at high temperatures, particularly in structures for metallurgical operations and glass manufacturing. Principal raw materials for firebrick include fireclays, mainly hydrated aluminum silicates; minerals of high aluminum oxide content, such as bauxite, diaspore, and kyanite; sources of silica, including sand and quartzite; magnesia minerals, magnesite, dolomite, forsterite, and olivine; chromite, a solid solution of chromic oxide with the oxides of aluminum, iron, and magnesium; carbon as graphite or coke; and vermiculite mica. Minor raw materials are zirconia, zircon, thoria, beryllia, titania, and ceria, and other minerals containing rare-earth elements

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