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Clay

[kley]
noun
1.
Bertha M (Charlotte Monica Braeme) 1836–84, English author: originator of a long series of romantic novels.
2.
Cassius Marcellus, 1810–1903, U.S. antislavery leader and diplomat.
3.
Cassius Marcellus, Jr. original name of Muhammad Ali.
4.
Henry, 1777–1852, U.S. statesman and orator.
5.
Lucius (DuBignon) [doo-bin-yon] , 1897–1978, U.S. general.
6.
a male given name.
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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

Clay (kleɪ)
 
n
1.  See Muhammad Ali Cassius
2.  Henry. 1777--1852, US statesman and orator; secretary of state (1825--29)

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clay
O.E. clæg "stiff, sticky earth; clay," from W.Gmc. *klaijaz, from PIE base *glei "to stick together" (cf. Gk. gloios "sticky matter," L. glus, gluten, O.Slav. glina "clay"). Clay pigeon is from 1888.
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clay   (klā)  Pronunciation Key 
A stiff, sticky sedimentary material that is soft and pliable when wet and consists mainly of various silicates of aluminum. Clay particles are smaller than silt, having a diameter less than 0.0039 mm. Clay is widely used to make bricks, pottery, and tiles.
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Clay definition


This word is used of sediment found in pits or in streets (Isa. 57:20; Jer. 38:60), of dust mixed with spittle (John 9:6), and of potter's clay (Isa. 41:25; Nah. 3:14; Jer. 18:1-6; Rom. 9:21). Clay was used for sealing (Job 38:14; Jer. 32:14). Our Lord's tomb may have been thus sealed (Matt. 27:66). The practice of sealing doors with clay is still common in the East. Clay was also in primitive times used for mortar (Gen. 11:3). The "clay ground" in which the large vessels of the temple were cast (1 Kings 7:46; 2 Chr. 4:17) was a compact loam fitted for the purpose. The expression literally rendered is, "in the thickness of the ground,", meaning, "in stiff ground" or in clay.

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