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Definition clay


From Middle English cley, clay, from Old English clǣġ (“clay”), from Proto-Germanic *klajjaz (“clay”), from Proto-Indo-European *gley- (“to glue, paste, stick together”). Cognate with Dutch klei (“clay”), Low German Klei (“clay”), German Klei, Danish klæg (“clay”); compare Ancient Greek γλία (glía), Latin glūten (“glue”) (whence ultimately English glue), Ukrainian ґлей (glej, “clay”). Related also to clag, clog.


clay (usually uncountable, plural clays)

  1. A mineral substance made up of small crystals of silica and alumina, that is ductile when moist; the material of pre-fired ceramics.
  2. An earth material with ductile qualities.
  3. (tennis) A tennis court surface.
  4. (biblical) The material of the human body.
  5. (geology) A particle less than 3.9 microns in diameter, following the Wentworth scale.
  6. A clay pipe for smoking tobacco.
  7. (firearms, informal) A clay pigeon.
  8. (informal) Land or territory of a country or other political region.


clay (third-person singular simple present clays, present participle claying, simple past and past participle clayed)

  1. (transitive) To add clay to, to spread clay onto.
  2. (transitive, of sugar) To purify using clay.

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