fuller's earth

fuller's earth
an impure aluminum silicate, consisting mainly of attapulgite, having decolorizing and purifying properties. See also fuller's earth pneumoconiosis, under pneumoconiosis.

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  • Fuller's earth — is any non plastic clay or claylike earthy material used to decolorize, filter, and purify animal, mineral, and vegetable oils and greases. Contents 1 Occurrence and composition 2 Uses 3 See also 4 …   Wikipedia

  • Fuller's earth — Fuller Full er, n. [AS. fullere, fr. L. fullo. See {Full}, v. t.] One whose occupation is to full cloth. [1913 Webster] {Fuller s earth}, a variety of clay, used in scouring and cleansing cloth, to imbibe grease. {Fuller s herb} (Bot.), the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fuller's earth — n. a highly absorbent, opaque clay used to remove grease from woolen cloth in fulling, to clarify fats and oils, etc …   English World dictionary

  • fuller's earth — an absorbent clay, used esp. for removing grease from fabrics, in fulling cloth, as a filter, and as a dusting powder. [1515 25] * * * ▪ clay       any fine grained, naturally occurring earthy substance that has a substantial ability to adsorb… …   Universalium

  • fuller's earth — balinančiosios žemės statusas T sritis chemija apibrėžtis Gamtinės medžiagos, (pvz., molis) gebančios adsorbuoti priemaišas ir išgryninti kitas medžiagas. atitikmenys: angl. bleaching earth; fuller s earth rus. отбеливающие земли …   Chemijos terminų aiškinamasis žodynas

  • fuller's earth — noun /ˌfʊləz ˈɜːθ/ A fine clay used in fulling cloth. , 1785, On Lord Sunderlands estate, in the county of Westmeath, there is a fine strata of fuller’s earth, a commodity of which our woollen manufacturers stand much in need: yet this bed lies… …   Wiktionary

  • fuller's earth — ful|ler s earth [ˌfuləz ˈə:θ US ərz ˈə:rθ] n [U] dried clay made into a powder that is used to clean cloth or oil …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • fuller's earth — ful|ler s earth [ fulərz ,ɜrθ ] noun uncount a type of clay used for making liquids clearer or removing oil from cloth …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • fuller's earth — ful′ler s earth′ n. clo an absorbent clay, used esp. for removing grease from fabrics, in fulling cloth, as a filter, and as a dusting powder …   From formal English to slang

  • fuller's earth — noun Etymology: 1fuller; from its earlier use as fulling agent Date: 15th century an earthy substance that consists chiefly of clay mineral but lacks plasticity and that is used as an adsorbent, a filter medium, and a carrier for catalysts …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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