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terra alba

[al-buh, awl-] /ˈæl bə, ˈɔl-/
noun
1.
any of various white, earthy or powdery substances, as pipe clay, gypsum, kaolin, or magnesia.
Origin
1870-1875
1870-75; < Latin: white earth
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terra alba

/ˈælbə/
noun
1.
a white finely powdered form of gypsum, used to make paints, paper, etc
2.
any of various other white earthy substances, such as kaolin, pipeclay, and magnesia
Word Origin
from Latin, literally: white earth
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