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clod

A clod is a lump or chunk of something. You begin the process of making a bowl by throwing a clod of clay onto a potter's wheel.

Clod usually describes a mass or ball of dirt: "She intended to plant vegetables in her yard, but found the soil was full of hard clods and stones." An annoyingly awkward person can also be called a clod: "He always says the wrong thing — he's such a clod." The word comes from clot, which originally meant "a mass," and comes from the German Klotz, "lump or block."

Definitions of clod
  1. noun
    a compact mass
    synonyms: ball, chunk, clump, glob, lump
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    clot, coagulum
    a lump of material formed from the content of a liquid
    gob
    a lump of slimy stuff
    clew
    a ball of yarn or cord or thread
    thrombus
    a blood clot formed within a blood vessel and remaining attached to its place of origin
    embolus
    an abnormal particle (e.g. an air bubble or part of a clot) circulating in the blood
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    agglomeration
    a jumbled collection or mass
  2. noun
    an awkward, foolish person
    synonyms: gawk, goon, lout, lubber, lummox, lump, nimrod, oaf, stumblebum
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    type of:
    clumsy person
    a person with poor motor coordination
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