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kaolin or or kaoline (ˈkeɪəlɪn )



  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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