Definition of Kaolin

1. Noun. A fine usually white clay formed by the weathering of aluminous minerals (as feldspar); used in ceramics and as an absorbent and as a filler (e.g., in paper).

Exact synonyms: China Clay, China Stone, Kaoline, Porcelain Clay, Terra Alba
Substance meronyms: Kaopectate
Examples of category: Art Paper
Generic synonyms: Clay



Definition of Kaolin

1. n. A very pure white clay, ordinarily in the form of an impalpable powder, and used to form the paste of porcelain; China clay; porcelain clay. It is chiefly derived from the decomposition of common feldspar.

Definition of Kaolin

1. Noun. A fine clay, rich in kaolinite, used in ceramics, paper-making, etc. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Kaolin

1. a fine white clay [n -S] : KAOLINIC [adj]

Medical Definition of Kaolin

1. The most common mineral of a group of hydrated aluminum silicates, approximately h2al2si2o8-h2o. It is prepared for pharmaceutical and medicinal purposes by levigating with water to remove sand, etc. The name is derived from kao-ling (chinese: "high ridge"), the original site. Pharmacological action: antidiarrhoeals, pharmaceutic aid. Chemical name: Kaolin (12 Dec 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Kaolin

kanting
kanto-sho
kanton
kantons
kants
kanuka
kanun
kanuns
kanuu
kanzu
kanzus
kaodzera
kaoliang
kaoliangs
kaolin (current term)
kaoline
kaolines
kaolinic
kaolinise
kaolinised
kaolinises
kaolinising
kaolinite
kaolinites
kaolinitic
kaolinization
kaolinizations
kaolinize
kaolinized

Literary usage of Kaolin

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1. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1918)
"Thus were formed in place the kaolin deposits of Cornwall, England, and some of the kaolin of North Carolina and Pennsylvania. (See GEOLOGY, section on Work ..."

2. Official Descriptive and Illustrated Catalogue by Robert Ellis, Great Britain Commissioners for the Exhibition of 1851, London Great exhibition of the works of industry of all nations, 1851 (1851)
"7 kaolin, or porcelain earth, from Chittoor 8 Fine white kaolin, ... (Specimens of the rock of the huí above.) 26 Pink kaolin, from ..."

3. The Mineral Industry (1899)
"The word kaolin is said to be a corruption of the Chines« •word "kauling," ... kaolin, as now used in the trades, refers to the commercial forms of the ..."

4. The Beginnings of Porcelain in China by Berthold Laufer, Henry Windsor Nichols (1917)
"HISTORICAL NOTES ON kaolin A disquisition on the beginnings of porcelain should take regard also of the question as to when and how those elementary ..."

5. Mineral Deposits by Waldemar Lindgren (1913)
"The Development of kaolin.—It has been stated above that kaolin in the altered rocks of mineral deposits results mainly from the leaching by surface waters ..."

6. Bulletin by North Carolina Dept. of Conservation and Development, North Carolina Geological Survey (1883-1905), North Carolina Geological and Economic Survey (1907)
"The vein runs almost north and south, and the kaolin is of high quality, but has some quartz and mica, and occasionally garnet mixed in with it The wall ..."

7. The Philippine Journal of Science by Philippines Bureau of Science (1907)
"kaolin or china clay from the west side of Pajo Arroyo, ],aguna Province. ... kaolin from Wolf son mine, Laguna Province. 20. kaolin from the district east ..."

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