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Pearl ash, made by baking potash in a kiln, was used as a leavening agent in breads before the creation of baking powder.
La Chamba Black Clay 6 Quart Flat Casserole A traditional kiln-firing, that includes smoking the pots in smouldering organic materials, gives this unglazed baking dish from Colombia its deep black color and, many swear, a smoky flavor.
In 1800, the Adamses moved into the middle of a construction site that included huts, brick kilns and holes dug for clay bricks.
Workers used bricks manufactured at the prison kiln, according to a historic structure report commissioned by the Park Authority.
The students tried desperately to barricade the closet door with a heavy pottery kiln.
Students have access to a graphic design lab, kilns, three studios, dark room, etching press, and a glaze-making lab.
Once in disrepair because of limited interest, the kiln is in high demand.
The Chicago plants operated scove kilns—open-roof structures in which bricks were hand stacked and fired for up to 60 hours at temperatures between 1,500 and 1,800 degrees.
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Did You Know?
Kiln has been a part of the English language for over 1,000 years, its first known use in Old English (as "cyline") dating back to the early 700s. Unlike many words that descend from Old English, however, "kiln" is not ultimately Germanic in origin but was borrowed from Latin culina, meaning "kitchen," an ancestor of the English word culinary. In the 14th century, speakers of Middle English began to drop the "n" at the end of the word, and even to this day some English speakers pronounce "kiln" so that it rhymes with "mill." In fact, like "kiln," "mill" (from Late Latin molina) was originally spelled and pronounced with a terminal "n." Unlike "mill," however, "kiln" has retained the final "n" in spelling, if not always in pronunciation.
KILN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of kiln for English Language Learners
: an oven or furnace that is used for hardening, burning, or drying something (such as pottery)
KILN Defined for Kids
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