cat and clay

noun

Definition of cat and clay

: straw and clay worked together to form a building or chinking material

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History and Etymology for cat and clay

Scots cat wisp of straw, perhaps from English cat

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“Cat and clay.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cat%20and%20clay. Accessed 27 January 2020.

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