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a. A fine-grained, firm earthy material that is plastic when wet and hardens when heated, consisting primarily of hydrated silicates of aluminum and widely used in making bricks, tiles, and pottery.
b. A hardening or nonhardening material having a consistency similar to clay and used for modeling.
2. Geology A sedimentary material with grains smaller than 0.002 millimeter in diameter.
3. Moist sticky earth; mud.
4. The human body as opposed to the spirit.
[Middle English clei, from Old English clæg.]
clay′ey (klā′ē), clay′ish adj.
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adj. clay•i•er, clay•i•est.
1. covered in, smeared with, or abounding in clay.
2. resembling clay.
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|Adj.||1.||clayey - resembling or containing clay; "argillaceous rocks"|
|2.||clayey - (used of soil) compact and fine-grained; "the clayey soil was heavy and easily saturated"|
compact - closely and firmly united or packed together; "compact soil"; "compact clusters of flowers"
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clayey[ˈkleɪɪ] ADJ → arcilloso
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