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or kaoline

[key-uh-lin] /ˈkeɪ ə lɪn/
a fine white clay used in the manufacture of porcelain.
Origin of kaolin
1720-30; < French < Chinese (Wade-Giles) Kao1ling3, (pinyin) Gāolǐng mountain in Jiangxi province that yielded the first kaolin sent to Europe (gāo high + lǐng hill)
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kaolinic, adjective Unabridged
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a fine white clay used for the manufacture of hard-paste porcelain and bone china and in medicine as a poultice and gastrointestinal absorbent Also called china clay, china stone
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kaolinic, adjective
Word Origin
C18: from French, from Chinese Kaoling Chinese mountain where supplies for Europe were first obtained, from kao high + ling hill
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Word Origin and History for kaolin

"china clay," 1727, from French kaolin (1712), from Chinese Kao-ling, old-style transliteration of the name of a mountain in Jiangxi, China (near which it was originally dug up), from Chinese gao "high" + ling "mountain, hill."

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kaolin in Medicine

kaolin ka·o·lin (kā'ə-lĭn)
A fine white clay that, when powdered, is used as a demulcent and adsorbent and, in dentistry, as an agent that confers opacity and toughness to porcelain teeth.

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