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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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  • It was a dark night, and the ride seemed endless as the oxen moved slowly on through the red-clay mire.

    Solomon Constance Fenimore Woolson
  • From the "fire-bag" hanging from his waist he produced a red-clay bowl such as the natives use, and a bundle of new reed stems.

    The Huntress Hulbert Footner
  • It occurred to him that he, Burl, had killed a hunting spider—a tarantula—upon the red-clay cliff.

    The Forgotten Planet Murray Leinster
  • A battery was planted at each house, and we could see the lines of red-clay parapets marking the sites.

    Campaigns of a Non-Combatant, George Alfred Townsend
  • He, Burl, had killed a hunting-spider upon the red-clay cliff.

    The Mad Planet Murray Leinster
  • Crystals of zeolites (phillipsite) form in the red-clay as radiate, nodular groups.

  • He had climbed to the top of a red-clay mound perhaps a hundred feet high.

    The Forgotten Planet Murray Leinster
  • Another type of red-clay is found in caves, and is known as cave-earth or red-earth (terra rossa).

  • Big Wolf removed the long-stemmed, red-clay pipe from his lips and held it out to the newcomer.

    The Watchers of the Plains Ridgewell Cullum
  • I prefer a porous, red-clay subsoil, and a northeast or east aspect.

    The Apple Various

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