ka·​o·​lin | \ˈkā-ə-lən \

Definition of kaolin 

: a fine usually white clay that is used in ceramics and refractories, as a filler or extender, and in medicine especially as an adsorbent in the treatment of diarrhea

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To avoid this problem, keep plants indoors until early summer, or cover outdoor plants with floating row cover or dust the foliage with kaolin clay (re-apply it after rain). The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "The Secret to Growing the Most Flavorful Eggplants," 27 July 2018 It’s made of cornstarch and kaolin clay, among a few moisturizing ingredients like shea butter, and is scented with jasmine. Louise Green, SELF, "5 Tips for Avoiding Inner-Thigh Chafing This Summer," 5 July 2018 Basque chef Andoni Luis Aduriz serves a dish of unadorned potatoes coated with a thin layer of fine, clean kaolin clay. Jonathan Gold, latimes.com, "Jonathan Gold's top dishes from 31 days of great chefs around L.A.? Potatoes cooked in earth," 8 June 2018 Cover garden vegetables with floating row covers by mid-June to keep the beetles off, or spray fruit and vegetable plants with kaolin clay. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "How To Defend Your Garden Against Japanese Beetles," 26 Jan. 2018 CoverFX comes in 40 shades with varying undertones and is infused with kaolin clay to soak up excess oil during the day. Wendy Gould, Allure, "The Best Concealers for Darker Skin Tones, According to Makeup Artists," 18 Jan. 2018 Vitamin A, green tea, kaolin clay, and lavender oil make this mask super revitalizing and help purify and plump stressed, dehydrated skin. Bella Gerard, Health.com, "These Are the 13 Products You Need to Snag From Dermstore’s Winter Essentials Sale," 16 Jan. 2018 These were white reliefs with surfaces made from familiar materials and objects (fabric, bread, cotton wool) covered in liquid kaolin, a white clay, which stiffened when dry. Roberta Smith, New York Times, "Enrico Castellani, Artist in the Postwar Avant-Garde, Dies at 87," 12 Dec. 2017 FOMO features a redness-reducing blend of calamine and rose, while Birth of Venus has a smoothing combo of kaolin clay and sea water that's great for moisturizing oily skin. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "We Tried Those Lush Jelly Masks, and They're Fun As Hell," 25 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of kaolin

circa 1741, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for kaolin

French kaolin, from Gaoling hill in China

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ka·​o·​lin | \ˈkā-ə-lən \

Kids Definition of kaolin

: a very pure white clay used in making porcelain


ka·​olin | \ˈkā-ə-lən \

Medical Definition of kaolin 

: a fine usually white clay that is used in ceramics and refractories, as a filler or extender, and in medicine especially as an adsorbent in the treatment of diarrhea (as in food poisoning or dysentery)

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