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English noun: clay

1. clay (substance) a very fine-grained soil that is plastic when moist but hard when fired

Broader (hypernym)dirt, soil

Narrower (hyponym)adobe, argil, bentonite, china clay, china stone, daub, fireclay, kaolin, kaoline, Kitty Litter, pipeclay, porcelain clay, potter's clay, potter's earth, red clay, terra alba, terra alba

Substance holonymatomic number 14, Si, silicon

Substance meronymbrick, clayware, pottery, roofing tile, tile

2. clay (substance) water soaked soil; soft wet earth


Broader (hypernym)dirt, soil

Narrower (hyponym)bleaching clay, bleaching earth, mire, mud pie, slop

3. Clay (person) United States general who commanded United States forces in Europe from 1945 to 1949 and who oversaw the Berlin airlift (1897-1978)

SynonymsLucius Clay, Lucius DuBignon Clay

Instance hypernymfull general, general

4. Clay (person) United States politician responsible for the Missouri Compromise between free and slave states (1777-1852)

SynonymsHenry Clay, the Great Compromiser

Instance hypernympol, political leader, politician, politico

5. clay (body) the dead body of a human being

SamplesThe cadaver was intended for dissection.
The end of the police search was the discovery of a corpse.
The murderer confessed that he threw the stiff in the river.
Honor comes to bless the turf that wraps their clay.

Synonymscadaver, corpse, remains, stiff

Broader (hypernym)body, dead body

Narrower (hyponym)cremains

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