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clay, especially potter’s clay.
Historical Examples

The argil and soda soften the dye stuff of the copperas, but a small quantity must be put in.
Blacker’s Art of Fly Making, &c. William Blacker

Clayey; pertaining to, containing, or of the nature of clay or argil.
Cooley’s Cyclopdia of Practical Receipts and Collateral Information in the Arts, Manufactures, Professions, and Trades…, Sixth Edition, Volume I Arnold Cooley

The argil lamps, suspended below these images, shed a flickering light.
The Temptation of St. Antony Gustave Flaubert

clay, esp potters’ clay


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    any compact sedimentary rock composed mainly of clay materials; clay stone. Historical Examples The fact that argillite continued in use until the very last does not affect this conclusion. Appletons’ Popular Science Monthly, July 1899 Various Next above the Altyn lies thirty-four hundred feet of Appekunny argillite, or dull-green shale. The Book of the National […]

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