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Fuller's earth   /fˈʊlərz ərθ/   Listen
Fuller's earth

An absorbent soil resembling clay; used in fulling (shrinking and thickening) woolen cloth and as an adsorbent.

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"Fuller's earth" Quotes from Famous Books

... Where this does not answer, put a pound of white soap in a gallon of milk, and boil the article in it. Another method, is, to chop and extract the juice from two onions, and boil this with half a pint of vinegar, an ounce of white soap, and two ounces of fuller's earth. Spread this, when cool, on the scorched part, and, when dry, wash it off, in fair water. Mildew may be removed, by dipping the article in sour buttermilk, laying it in the sun, and, after it is white, rinsing it in fair water. Soap and chalk are also ...
— A Treatise on Domestic Economy - For the Use of Young Ladies at Home and at School • Catherine Esther Beecher

... came in and I said naught to her of the two friends or of aught had happened, but I set out for the Bazar to buy hemp. Now as soon as I had left the house there came, by evil fate impelled, a man who sold Tafl, or fuller's earth,[FN275] wherewith the poorer sort of women are wont to wash their hair. My wife would fain have bought some but not a single Kauri[FN276] or almond had she. Then she took thought and said to herself, "This jar of bran is here to no purpose, ...
— Supplemental Nights, Volume 3 • Richard F. Burton

Words linked to "Fuller's earth" :   dirt, soil

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