Definition of "kaolin" []

  • A fine clay used in ceramics and refractories and as a filler or coating for paper and textiles. (noun)
  • A fine white clay used for the manufacture of hard-paste porcelain and bone china and in medicine as a poultice and gastrointestinal absorbent (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved. (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "kaolin" in a sentence
  • "Aluminum silicate Also called kaolin, this clay mineral was the "kao" in antidiarrheal Kaopectate until 1989."
  • "Another crop they use is called kaolin (pronounced "gollin" in this country)."
  • "In relatively pure condition it is called kaolin; in the impure state, mixed with sand and other substances, it forms common clay."