fire·​clay ˈfī(-ə)r-ˌklā How to pronounce fireclay (audio)
: clay capable of withstanding high temperatures that is used especially for firebrick and crucibles

Examples of fireclay in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1686, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fireclay was in 1686

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“Fireclay.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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fire·​clay -ˌklā How to pronounce fireclay (audio)
: clay capable of resisting high temperatures that is used especially for firebrick or heat-resistant containers

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