Definitions for kaolinˈkeɪ ə lɪn
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
ka•o•linˈkeɪ ə lɪn(n.)
a fine white clay used in the manufacture of porcelain.
Category: Mineralogy, Ceramics
Origin of kaolin:
1720–30; < F < Chin Gāolǐng mountain in Jiangxi province
china clay, china stone, kaolin, kaoline, porcelain clay, terra alba(noun)
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)
A fine clay, rich in kaolinite, used in ceramics, paper-making, etc.
Origin: From 高陵, in Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province, China, the location where this clay was first found.
alt. of Kaoline
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
a fine white clay, a hydrous silicate of alumina, which does not colour when fired; used in making porcelain; called also China clay.
U.S. National Library of Medicine
The most common mineral of a group of hydrated aluminum silicates, approximately H2Al2Si2O8-H2O. It is prepared for pharmaceutical and medicinal purposes by levigating with water to remove sand, etc. (From Merck Index, 11th ed) The name is derived from Kao-ling (Chinese: "high ridge"), the original site. (From Grant & Hackh's Chemical Dictionary, 5th ed)
The Standard Electrical Dictionary
A product of decomposition of feldspar, consisting approximately of silica, 45, alumina, 40, water, 15. It was used in electric candles of the Jablochkoff type as a constituent of the insulating layer or colombin. Later it was abandoned for another substance, as it was found that it melted and acted as a conductor.