fireclay

noun
fire·​clay | \ ˈfī(-ə)r-ˌklā How to pronounce fireclay (audio) \

Definition of fireclay

: clay capable of withstanding high temperatures that is used especially for firebrick and crucibles

Examples of fireclay in a Sentence

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First Known Use of fireclay

1686, in the meaning defined above

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“Fireclay.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fireclay. Accessed 6 December 2019.

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