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red clay

noun, Geology
a brown to red, widely distributed deep-sea deposit consisting chiefly of microscopic particles and tinted red by iron oxides and manganese.
Origin of red clay
1350-1400; Middle English
Related forms
red-clay, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • In sediment cores the period shows up as a layer of red clay sandwiched between two white layers of calcium carbonate.
  • Visitors come to snorkel its kelp forests, scale its peaks and bike its red clay trails.
  • She slid through the red clay and, lunging, poked yet another volley winner.
  • The gable and hip roofs had overhanging eaves and were typically sheathed with red clay tile.
  • After it dried, the design was scratched into the white slip with a sharp instrument to expose the red clay underneath.

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