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ka·o·lin / ˈkāəlin/ • n. a fine, soft white clay, resulting from the natural decomposition of other clays or feldspar. It is used for making porcelain and china, as a filler in paper and textiles, and in medicinal absorbents. Also called china clay. DERIVATIVES: ka·o·lin·ize / -ˌnīz/ v.

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kaolin (china clay) Fine clay composed chiefly of kaolinite, a hydrous silicate of aluminium. It is used in the manufacture of coated paper, ceramics and fine porcelain.

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kaolin (kay-ŏ-lin) n. a white clay that contains aluminium and silicon and is purified and powdered for use as an adsorbent. An oral suspension of kaolin is available to treat chronic diarrhoea. Kaolin is also used in dusting powders and poultices.

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kaolin fine white porcelain clay. XVIII. — F. — Chinese kao-ling name of a mountain (kao high, ling hill) in N. China, whence the stuff was orig. obtained.