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fuller's earth

noun
1.
an absorbent clay, used especially for removing grease from fabrics, in fulling cloth, as a filter, and as a dusting powder.
Origin
1515-1525
1515-25
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fuller's earth

noun
1.
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)
n.
A highly absorbent claylike substance consisting of hydrated aluminum silicates, applied moistened with water as a poultice.

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Encyclopedia Article for fuller's earth

any fine-grained, naturally occurring earthy substance that has a substantial ability to adsorb impurities or colouring bodies from fats, grease, or oils. Its name originated with the textile industry, in which textile workers (or fullers) cleaned raw wool by kneading it in a mixture of water and fine earth that adsorbed oil, dirt, and other contaminants from the fibres.

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