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[key-uh-lin] /ˈkeɪ ə lɪn/

a fine white clay used in the manufacture of porcelain.
a fine white clay used for the manufacture of hard-paste porcelain and bone china and in medicine as a poultice and gastrointestinal absorbent Also called china clay, china stone

“china clay,” 1727, from French kaolin (1712), from Chinese Kao-ling, old-style transliteration of the name of a mountain in Jiangxi, China (near which it was originally dug up), from Chinese gao “high” + ling “mountain, hill.”

kaolin ka·o·lin (kā’ə-lĭn)
A fine white clay that, when powdered, is used as a demulcent and adsorbent and, in dentistry, as an agent that confers opacity and toughness to porcelain teeth.


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