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fuller's earth

an absorbent clay, used especially for removing grease from fabrics, in fulling cloth, as a filter, and as a dusting powder.
Origin of fuller's earth
1515-25 Unabridged
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fuller's earth

a natural absorbent clay used, after heating, for decolorizing oils and fats, fulling cloth, etc
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fuller's earth in Medicine

fuller's earth full·er's earth (ful'ərz)
A highly absorbent claylike substance consisting of hydrated aluminum silicates, applied moistened with water as a poultice.

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