Other Word Forms of Clay
Origin of Clay
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”).
Middle English clei from Old English clæg
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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