An example of clay is a soft blob of water-soaked earth or fine grain soil that you use when wet and pliable to sculpt a vase, which is then fired under high heat and becomes hard.
Origin of clay
- Middle English clei from Old English clæg
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English clay, cley, from Old English clǣġ (“clay”), from Proto-Germanic *klajjaz (“clay”), from Proto-Indo-European *gley- (“to glue, paste, stick together”). Cognate with Dutch klei (“clay”), Low German klei (“clay”), German Klei, Danish klæg (“clay”); compare Ancient Greek γλία (glía), Latin glūs (“glue”), Ukrainian ґлей (glej, “clay”). Related also to clag, clog.
- From a Middle English occupational name for a clay worker, or a habitational name, from Old English clǣġ (“clay”).