Clay is a type of soil or dirt that's made of very small particles. You can mold clay into different shapes when it's wet.

Clay is terrible for planting a vegetable garden, but it's perfect for making pottery, tiles, or bricks. You can shape damp clay into a bowl or a cup, and when it's dried and fired in a very hot oven, it becomes extremely hard and sturdy. The Old English root of clay is clæg, "stiff, sticky earth."

Primary Meanings of clay

water-soaked soil; soft, wet earth
the dead body of a human being
Full Definitions of clay

n water-soaked soil; soft, wet earth

bleaching clay, bleaching earth
an adsorbent clay that will remove coloring from oils
mud pie
a mass of mud that a child has molded into the shape of pie
mire, slop
deep soft mud in water or slush
Type of:
dirt, soil
the part of the earth's surface consisting of humus and disintegrated rock

n a very fine-grained soil that is plastic when moist but hard when fired

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the clay from which adobe bricks are made
a white clay (especially a white clay used by potters)
china clay, china stone, kaolin, kaoline, porcelain clay, terra alba
a fine usually white clay formed by the weathering of aluminous minerals (as feldspar); used in ceramics and as an absorbent and as a filler (e.g., in paper)
red clay
clay whose redness results from iron oxide
pipeclay, terra alba
fine white clay used in making tobacco pipes and pottery and in whitening leather
an absorbent aluminum silicate clay formed from volcanic ash
a heat-resistant clay
Kitty Litter
granulated clay; placed in a container where it absorbs the waste products of a cat or dog
potter's clay, potter's earth
clay that does not contain any iron; used in making pottery or for modeling
material used to daub walls
potter's clay that is thinned and used for coating or decorating ceramics
Type of:
dirt, soil
the part of the earth's surface consisting of humus and disintegrated rock

n the dead body of a human being

“honor comes to bless the turf that wraps their clay
cadaver, corpse, remains, stiff
the remains of a dead body after cremation
Type of:
body, dead body
a natural object consisting of a dead animal or person

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