fuller's earth

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full·er's earth

A highly adsorbent claylike substance consisting of hydrated aluminum silicates, used predominantly in fulling woolen cloth, in talcum powders, as a filter, and as a catalyst.

fuller's earth

(Geological Science) a natural absorbent clay used, after heating, for decolorizing oils and fats, fulling cloth, etc

ful′ler's earth′

an absorbent clay, used esp. for removing grease from fabrics, in fulling cloth, as a filter, and as a dusting powder.
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Noun1.fuller's earth - an absorbent soil resembling clay; used in fulling (shrinking and thickening) woolen cloth and as an adsorbent
dirt, soil - the part of the earth's surface consisting of humus and disintegrated rock

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An area of about half a mile square presents a level surface of white clay or fuller's earth, perfectly spotless, resembling a great slab of Parian marble, or a sheet of dazzling snow.
In the fulling process, cloth was soaked in water and an agent such as fuller's earth.
Make-up artist Maggie Thomas was always on hand with a bucket of artificial cow muck, actually made of Fuller's Earth and water.
I had to fill spare capacity on aircraft with Fuller's Earth Cream.
Indian royalty used Fuller's earth and ground gram mixed with herbs, sandal paste and essential oils.
Furthermore, Fuller's earth has skin-stimulating properties and removes dead skin cells.
CHICAGO, March 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Oil-Dri Corporation of America (NYSE: ODC) announced today that its Board of Directors has approved the pending acquisition of the Fuller's Earth absorbent business of American Colloid, a subsidiary of AMCOL International.
Antares Resources' development stage company, is entering the private-label kitty-litter business based on the raw material Fuller's Earth mined and supplied by Medusa Cement Co.
1992), Bentonite (Asselman and Garneir, 2000), Fuller's earth (Bajpai, and Vishwakarma, 2000), Zeolite (Gao, Cadena, and Peter, 1991), Dolomite (Dziubek and Kowal, 1989) and Hematite (Roques, Nugroho-Jeudy, and Lebugle, 1991) have been reported for removal of various types of contaminations from wastewater.
The conveyors can move materials as diverse as cement, sand, fuller's earth, talc, caustic flakes, herbicides, fiberglass, PVC pellets, yeast granules, grain and nuts--including products requiring sanitary handling.
Scouring: Washing the cloth or yarn with Fuller's earth or other chemicals to remove oil, natural grease and dirt.