clayey


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clay

 (klā)
n.
1.
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.

clay•ey

(ˈkleɪ i)

adj. clay•i•er, clay•i•est.
1. covered in, smeared with, or abounding in clay.
2. resembling clay.
[before 1050]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.clayey - resembling or containing clayclayey - 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"
Translations

clayey

[ˈkleɪɪ] ADJarcilloso

clayey

adjlehmig; soil alsoLehm-
References in classic literature ?
Because no man can ever feel his own identity aright except his eyes be closed; as if darkness were indeed the proper element of our essences, though light be more congenial to our clayey part.
The clayey and sandy soils had acquired extreme hardness under the action of the heat; but, by the aid of the machines, the rubbish on being dug out was rapidly carted away on railway wagons; and such was the ardor of the work, so persuasive the arguments of Barbicane's dollars, that by the 3rd of September all traces of the mould had entirely disappeared.
There was abundance, too, of the salt weed which grows most plentiful in clayey and gravelly barrens.
My new clothes was all greased up and clayey, and I was dog-tired.
The country, dry and parched as it was, consisting of a clayey soil that cracked open with the heat, seemed, indeed, a desert: here and there were a few traces of caravans; the bones of men and animals, that had been half-gnawed away, mouldering together in the same dust.
Her weather-tanned complexion, already affected by her confined life, took on an extraordinary clayey aspect which reminded me of a strange head painted by El Greco which my friend Prax had hung on one of his walls and used to rail at; yet not without a certain respect.
The dark indicate vegetable decay, while the others point to clayey soil.
In the nature of the land, however, around Maldonado, no such reason is apparent; the rocky mountains afford protected situations; enjoying various kinds of soil; streamlets of water are common at the bottoms of nearly every valley; and the clayey nature of the earth seems adapted to retain moisture.
There were many marks of footsteps upon the wet clayey soil, but since the police had been coming and going over it, I was unable to see how my companion could hope to learn anything from it.
The muddy lanes, green or clayey, that seemed to the unaccustomed eye to lead nowhere but into each other, did really lead, with patience, to a distant high-road; but there were many feet in Basset which they led more frequently to a centre of dissipation, spoken of formerly as the "Markis o' Granby," but among intimates as "Dickison's.
There were no means of resisting that rising tide of frightful faces; rage made these fierce countenances ruddy; their clayey brows were dripping with sweat; their eyes darted lightnings; all these grimaces, all these horrors laid siege to Quasimodo.
And while he was retiring from that place, he slipped in a clayey place and fell upon his side, and died, it is said, the third day after.