A soft earth, which is plastic, or may be molded with the hands, consisting of hydrous silicate of aluminium. It is the result of the wearing down and decomposition, in part, of rocks containing aluminous minerals, as granite. Lime, magnesia, oxide of iron, and other ingredients, are often present as impurities.
- A fine-grained, firm earthy material that is plastic when wet and hardens when heated, consisting primarily of hydrated silicates of aluminum and widely used in making bricks, tiles, and pottery.
- A hardening or nonhardening material having a consistency similar to clay and used for modeling.
- Geology A sedimentary material with grains smaller than 0.002 millimeters in diameter.
- Moist sticky earth; mud.
- The human body as opposed to the spirit.