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Definition of Clay

Clay

  1. A soft earth, which is plastic, or may be molded with the hands, consisting of hydrous silicate of aluminium. It is the result of the wearing down and decomposition, in part, of rocks containing aluminous minerals, as granite. Lime, magnesia, oxide of iron, and other ingredients, are often present as impurities.
  2. Earth in general, as representing the elementary particles of the human body; hence, the human body as formed from such particles.
  3. To cover or manure with clay.
  4. To clarify by filtering through clay, as sugar.

Clay Quotations

No man ever wetted clay and then left it, as if there would be bricks by chance and fortune.
Plutarch

The earth is rocky and full of roots; it's clay, and it seems doomed and polluted, but you dig little holes for the ugly shriveled bulbs, throw in a handful of poppy seeds, and cover it all over, and you know you'll never see it again - it's death and clay and shrivel, and your hands are nicked from the rocks, your nails black with soil.
Anne Lamott

Of course, with agriculture came the first big civilizations, the first cities built of mud and brick, the first empires. And it was the administers of these empires who began hiring people to keep track of the wheat and sheep and wine that was owed and the taxes that was owed on them by making marks; marks on clay in that time.
Howard Rheingold

'Empathy' is the latest code word for liberal activism, for treating the Constitution as malleable clay to be kneaded and molded in whatever form justices want. It represents an expansive view of the judiciary in which courts create policy that couldn't pass the legislative branch or, if it did, would generate voter backlash.
Karl Rove

The reproduction of mankind is a great marvel and mystery. Had God consulted me in the matter, I should have advised him to continue the generation of the species by fashioning them out of clay.
Martin Luther
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Clay Translations

clay in Danish is ler
clay in Dutch is aarden, van klei, klei-
clay in Finnish is savi
clay in French is glaise, argile, tonale
clay in Italian is argilla
clay in Norwegian is leire
clay in Portuguese is argila
clay in Spanish is arcilla
clay in Swedish is lera

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