ball clay

noun

Definition of ball clay

: a very plastic high-firing clay that fires white to light buff and is used especially to give plasticity to clayware bodies containing short clays

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History and Etymology for ball clay

from its formation into balls for transport from the mines

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“Ball clay.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ball%20clay. Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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