- A mineral substance made up of small crystals of silica and alumina, that is ductile when moist; the material of pre-fired ceramics.
- An earth material with ductile qualities.
- (idiom) (Biblical) The material of the human body.
- 1611. Old Testament, King James Version, Job 10:8-9:
- : Thine hands have made me and fashioned me together round about...thou hast made me as the .
- 1611. Old Testament, King James Version, Isaiah 64:8:
- : But now, O Lord, thou art our Father; we are the , and thou art our potter; and we are the work of thy hand.
Etymology: clíg, clÄ, from Germanic , from kli- "to stick, cleave", from Indo-European glei- which means to glue, paste, stick together.<ref>Krueger 1982; Merriam-Webster 1974.</ref> Cognate with Dutch klei, German Klei; compare Ancient Greek (polytonic, ), Latin glus, glÅs "glue".
- Dutch: klei
- French: argile
- German: Lehm , Ton
- Italian: argilla , creta
- Spanish: arcilla
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