(Claw"back`), a. Flattering; sycophantic. [Obs.]
Like a clawback parasite.
(Claw"back`), v. t. To flatter. [Obs.] Warner.
(Clawed) a. Furnished with claws. N. Grew.
(Claw"less), a. Destitute of claws.
(Clay) n. [AS. cl&aemacrg; akin to LG. klei, D. klei, and perh. to AS. clam clay, L. glus, gluten
glue, Gr. gloio`s glutinous substance, E. glue. Cf. Clog.]
1. 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.
2. (Poetry & Script.) Earth in general, as representing the elementary particles of the human body; hence,
the human body as formed from such particles.
I also am formed out of the clay.
Job xxxiii. 6.
The earth is covered thick with other clay, Bowlder clay. See under Bowlder. Brick clay, the common clay, containing some iron, and therefore
turning red when burned. Clay cold, cold as clay or earth; lifeless; inanimate. Clay ironstone,
an ore of iron consisting of the oxide or carbonate of iron mixed with clay or sand. Clay marl, a
whitish, smooth, chalky clay. Clay mill, a mill for mixing and tempering clay; a pug mill. Clay
pit, a pit where clay is dug. Clay slate (Min.), argillaceous schist; argillite. Fatty clays, clays
having a greasy feel; they are chemical compounds of water, silica, and aluminia, as halloysite, bole,
etc. Fire clay , a variety of clay, entirely free from lime, iron, or an alkali, and therefore infusible,
and used for fire brick. Porcelain clay, a very pure variety, formed directly from the decomposition
of feldspar, and often called kaolin. - - Potter's clay, a tolerably pure kind, free from iron.
Which her own clay shall cover.
(Clay), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Clayed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Claying.]
1. To cover or manure with clay.
2. To clarify by filtering through clay, as sugar.
(Clay"-brained`) a. Stupid. [Obs.] Shak.
(Clayes) n. pl. [F. claie hurdle.] (Fort.) Wattles, or hurdles, made with stakes interwoven with
osiers, to cover lodgments. [Obs.]
(Clay"ey) a. Consisting of clay; abounding with clay; partaking of clay; like clay.
(Clay"ish), a. Partaking of the nature of clay, or containing particles of it.
(Clay"more`) n. [Gael. claidheamhmor a broadsword; Gael. claidheamh sword + mor great,
large. Cf. Claymore.] A large two-handed sword used formerly by the Scottish Highlanders.
(||Clay*to"ni*a) n. [Named after Dr.John Clayton, an American botanist.] (Bot.) An American
genus of perennial herbs with delicate blossoms; sometimes called spring beauty.
(Clead"ing) n. [Scot., clothing. See Cloth.]