Meaning of CLAY in English
[clay] n, often attrib [ME, fr. OE claeg; akin to OHG kliwa bran, L gluten glue, MGk glia] (bef. 12c) 1 a: an earthy material that is plastic when moist but hard when fired, that is composed mainly of fine particles of hydrous aluminum silicates and other minerals, and that is used for brick, tile, and pottery; specif: soil composed chiefly of this material having particles less than a specified size b : earth, mud
2. a: a substance that resembles clay in plasticity and is used for modeling b: the human body as distinguished from the spirit c: fundamental nature or character "the common ~"
3: clay court -- clay.ey adj -- clay.ish adj -- clay.like adj
Merriam-Webster English vocab. Английский словарь Merriam Webster. 2012