Meaning of CLAY in English

n.1 a stiff sticky earth, used for making bricks, pottery, ceramics, etc.

2 poet. the substance of the human body.

3 (in full clay pipe) a tobacco-pipe made of clay.

Phrases and idioms:

clay-pan Austral. a natural hollow in clay soil, retaining water after rain. clay pigeon a breakable disc thrown up from a trap as a target for shooting.


clayey adj. clayish adj. claylike adj.

Etymology: OE cl{aelig}g f. WG

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.