kaoline

kaolin

[key-uh-lin]
noun
a fine white clay used in the manufacture of porcelain.
Also, kaoline.


Origin:
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)

kaolinic, adjective
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kaolin or kaoline (ˈkeɪəlɪn)
 
n
china clay, Also called: china stone a fine white clay used for the manufacture of hard-paste porcelain and bone china and in medicine as a poultice and gastrointestinal absorbent
 
[C18: from French, from Chinese Kaoling Chinese mountain where supplies for Europe were first obtained, from kao high + ling hill]
 
kaoline or kaoline
 
n
 
[C18: from French, from Chinese Kaoling Chinese mountain where supplies for Europe were first obtained, from kao high + ling hill]
 
kao'linic or kaoline
 
adj

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kaolin
"china clay," 1727, from Fr. kaolin (1712), from Chinese Kao-ling, 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 ka·o·lin (kā'ə-lĭn)
n.
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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