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kaolin or kaoline (ˈkeɪəlɪn Pronunciation for )



  1. 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

Derived Forms

ˌkaoˈlinic adjective

Word Origin

C18: from French, from Chinese Kaoling Chinese mountain where supplies for Europe were first obtained, from kao high + ling hill


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