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argil Line breaks: argil
Pronunciation: /ˈɑːdʒɪl/

Definition of argil in English:

noun

[mass noun] rare
Clay, especially potter’s clay.
Example sentences
  • The ancient provinces of Burgundy, Champagne, Flanders and the Isle of France abound in argil, which the inhabitants convert into bricks and tiles.
  • Argil is of great utility, as forming the basis of many manufactures, such as brick, porcelain, and earthenware.
  • Veins of argil and bole are often found in granite.

Origin

Late 17th century: from Old French argille, from Latin argilla 'clay'.

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