Definition of argil in English:



mass nounrare
  • Clay, especially potter's clay.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Clay pots and objects were made in Iran using argil for ages.’
    • ‘Since good-quality argil can be found nearby, you will find a lot of pottery here.’
    • ‘The ancient provinces of Burgundy, Champagne, Flanders and the Isle of France abound in argil, which the inhabitants convert into bricks and tiles.’
    earth, terracotta, gault, catlinite, pipeclay, pipestone, china clay, kaolin, adobe, ball clay, bole, pug
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Late 17th century: from Old French argille, from Latin argilla ‘clay’.