ka·​o·​lin | \ ˈkā-ə-lən How to pronounce kaolin (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web Brady and his colleagues stuck their beeswax templates onto a slab of sandstone, then spattered it with paint from white kaolin clay and water. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Rare miniature rock art found in Australia," 2 June 2020 When mixed with water and sprayed, the kaolin clay product creates a white particle film on foliage and fruit that confuses the insects. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, "How to tackle pests in your veggie garden or fruit plantings," 11 May 2020 Look for ingredients like glycolic acid, salicylic acid, charcoal, and kaolin (a kind of white clay). Deanna Pai, Glamour, "6 Super-Satisfying Ways to Clean Out Your Pores," 4 Sep. 2019 To make fewer washes count, apply Playa’s Healing Hair Masque after shampooing, which contains scalp rebalancing kaolin clay, as well as amla oil to strengthen strands and prevent premature fading. Caitie Kelly, New York Times, "How to Take Care of Your Hair at Home," 2 Apr. 2020 If your skin is particularly dry or sensitive, consider this soap by Honest Amish, which calls upon naturally occurring white kaolin clay. Billy Cadden, Popular Science, "What to buy for a better shave," 28 Mar. 2019 This mask is made with a blend of charcoal, volcanic ash, and kaolin and bentonite clays to remove impurities, exfoliate, absorb excess oils, remove toxins, and reduce inflammation. Tanisha Pina, Allure, "This K-Beauty Brand Just Launched at Walmart and Products Are Already Selling Out," 1 Aug. 2018 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

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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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The first known use of kaolin was circa 1741

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“Kaolin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kaolin. Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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ka·​o·​lin | \ ˈkā-ə-lən How to pronounce kaolin (audio) \

Kids Definition of kaolin

: a very pure white clay used in making porcelain


ka·​olin | \ ˈkā-ə-lən How to pronounce kaolin (audio) \

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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