terra alba

noun
ter·​ra al·​ba | \ ˌterəˈalbə, -rəˈȯl- \

Definition of terra alba

: any of several white mineral substances: such as
a : gypsum ground for a pigment
b : kaolin used especially as an adulterant of paints

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History and Etymology for terra alba

New Latin, literally, white earth

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“Terra alba.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/terra%20alba. Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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