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

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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 herb — 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 thistle — 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 weed — 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 — may refer to:* People with the surname Fuller (surname) * Fuller, a worker who cleanses wool through the process of fulling * Fuller s earth a clay used for filtering and purifying * Fuller (weapon), a groove in a knife or sword blade, to lighten …   Wikipedia

  • 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 soapwort… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fuller'searth — full·er s earth (fo͝olʹərz) n. A highly adsorbent claylike substance consisting of hydrated aluminum silicates, used predominantly in fulling woolen cloth, in talcum powders, as a filter, and as a catalyst. * * * …   Universalium

  • Earth's atmosphere (Meteorology) — Earth s atmosphere (and its mechanics) can often be described in meteorology with very particular and specific terms. While meteorologists do use the more commonly understood standard terms for the earths atmospheric layers, these definitions are …   Wikipedia

  • Earth in culture — The cultural perspective on the Earth, or world, varies by society and time period. Religious beliefs often include a creation belief as well as personification in the form of a deity. The exploration of the world has modified many of the… …   Wikipedia

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