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.
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fuller's earth

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

[ˌfʊləzˈɜːθ] Ntierra f de batán
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fuller’s earth

nFullererde f, → Bleicherde f
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References in classic literature ?
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.
Fuller's earth is cooling, works against blemishes and tightens the skin.
For more than 100 years, the Copyhold Works of the Fuller's Earth Union Ltd extracted the grey, mineral-rich clay known as "fuller's earth" and sold it on to a range of sectors from the wool trade to the oil industry.
Talking to IANS on phone from Ajmer, where he has shifted from Agra, Nath said:"I had on dozens of occasions warned that the beauty parlour treatment with Fuller's Earth would leave permanent scars and make the surface rough for deposits in the ambient air to settle down.
Authorities have in the past covered the iconic monument's facade with "mud packs" made of Fuller's earth, which draws out the impurities, to restore its whiteness.
Called fuller's earth, it's the same clay that some people smother on their skin as a beauty treatment.
They have been using fuller's earth, a natural mud paste to remove yellow discolouration and return the marble to its original brilliant white.
Exfoliating Face Wash AUROMERE Take the time to gently exfoliate your skin with this powder formula that contains 13 Ayurvedic herbs in a base of red clay and fuller's earth. Add a small amount of water to the dry formula, and massage into your skin for three to five minutes for a clean and healthy glow.
Instead, 27-year-old Edward Lowe gave her some Fuller's earth, a highly absorbent granulated clay that he had once attempted (unsuccessfully) to market as poultry nesting.
Furthermore, Fuller's earth has skin-stimulating properties and removes dead skin cells.
Easy availability low price and their effectiveness are the major factors which made fuller's earth an adsorbent in cooking oil manufacturing industry.