Definition of argil in English:

argil

noun

rare
  • Clay, especially potter's clay.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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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Origin

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

Pronunciation

argil

/ˈärj(ə)l//ˈɑrdʒ(ə)l/