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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
clay1 /kleɪ/USA pronunciation   n. [uncountable]
  1. Chemistry, Geologya natural earthy material that is stiff and sticky when wet, used for making bricks, pottery, etc.:They baked the clay in the sun into bricks.
  2. Geologyearth;

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
clay1  (klā),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Chemistry, Geologya natural earthy material that is plastic when wet, consisting essentially of hydrated silicates of aluminum: used for making bricks, pottery, etc.
  2. Geologyearth;
  3. earth, esp. regarded as the material from which the human body was formed.
  4. the human body, esp. as distinguished from the spirit or soul;
    the flesh.
  5. human character as estimated according to fineness of constitution, endowments, etc.:The saints and heroes seem of a different clay from most of us.

  1. to treat or mix with clay;
    cover, daub, or fill with clay.
  2. to filter through clay.
claylike′, adj. 
  • bef. 1000; Middle English; Old English clǣg, cognate with Dutch, German Klei, akin to glue

clay2  (klā),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a lusterless serge having a rough texture. Also called  clay worsted. 
  • perh. short for clay drab clay-colored cloth

Clay  (klā),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. BiographicalBertha M. (Charlotte Monica Braeme), 1836–84, English author: originator of a long series of romantic novels.
  2. BiographicalCassius Marcellus, 1810–1903, U.S. antislavery leader and diplomat.
  3. BiographicalCassius Marcellus, Jr., original name of  Muhammad Ali. 
  4. BiographicalHenry, 1777–1852, U.S. statesman and orator.
  5. Lucius (Du•Bi•gnon)  (klā),USA pronunciation 1897–1978, U.S. general.
  6. a male given name.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
clay /kleɪ/ n
  1. a very fine-grained material that consists of hydrated aluminium silicate, quartz, and organic fragments and occurs as sedimentary rocks, soils, and other deposits. It becomes plastic when moist but hardens on heating and is used in the manufacture of bricks, cement, ceramics, etc
  2. earth or mud in general
  3. poetic the material of the human body
Etymology: Old English clǣg; related to Old High German klīa, Norwegian kli, Latin glūs glue, Greek gloios sticky oil

ˈclayey, ˈclayish, ˈclayˌlike adj
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
Clay /kleɪ/ n
  1. Cassius
  2. Henry. 1777–1852, US statesman and orator; secretary of state (1825–29)
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