clay ( clays plural )
1 n-mass Clay is a kind of earth that is soft when it is wet and hard when it is dry. Clay is shaped and baked to make things such as pots and bricks.
oft N n
...the heavy clay soils of Cambridgeshire..., As the wheel turned, the potter shaped and squeezed the lump of clay into a graceful shape., ...a little clay pot.
2 n-uncount In tennis, matches played on clay are played on courts whose surface is covered with finely crushed stones or brick. oft on N, N n He was a clay-court specialist who won Wimbledon five times.
clay pigeon ( clay pigeons plural ) Clay pigeons are discs of baked clay which are thrown into the air by a machine as targets for gun shooting practice. n-count usu N n
...hunting and clay-pigeon shooting.
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