Aplastic clay

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A crumbly, unworkable clay that will not stick together. Aplastic clays are also called lean or mealy. China clay (Kaolin) tends to be aplastic because it isnot well-weathered (Hodges, 1988).

Synonyms and Related Terms

lean clay; mealy clay; argila magra (Port.)

Resources and Citations

  • Henry Hodges, Artifacts: An Introduction to Early Materials and Technology, Ronald P. Frye, Kingston, Canada, 1988
  • Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997
  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998