One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Clay, especially potter's clay.
earth, terracotta, gault, catlinite, pipeclay, pipestone, china clay, kaolin, adobe, ball clay, bole, pugView synonyms
- ‘The ancient provinces of Burgundy, Champagne, Flanders and the Isle of France abound in argil, which the inhabitants convert into bricks and tiles.’
- ‘Clay pots and objects were made in Iran using argil for ages.’
- ‘Veins of argil and bole are often found in granite.’
- ‘Argil is of great utility, as forming the basis of many manufactures, such as brick, porcelain, and earthenware.’
- ‘Since good-quality argil can be found nearby, you will find a lot of pottery here.’
Late 17th century: from Old French argille, from Latin argilla ‘clay’.
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