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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

Example Sentences Including 'kaolin'

A finely powdered inert material, such as kaolin , quartz or chalk is mixed with a wetting agent and water to form a slurry.
New Scientist (1998)
Both sides said another ship was due at Weipa to load kaolin from the mine.
Misc (1995)
Elstob and his friend Bushey Eiloart found in a Victorian cookery book a formula for a face-pack composed largely of kaolin.
Times, Sunday Times (2002)
The leases, held for years before Tarong was proposed, were for kaolin , a clay used in paper-making.
Misc (1999)
When cool, strain off a half-pint (285ml) of liquid and stir in the kaolin powder and egg yolk.
Guyton, Anita The Natural Beauty Book - cruelty-free cosmetics to make at home


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