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  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Clay-brained Stupid.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • clay-brained Doltish; stupid.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Clay-brained (Shak.) stupid
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. clæg; cf. Dan. klæg, Ger. klei.


In literature:

Is it not enough to inflame the brain of any child of clay?
"Ixion In Heaven" by Benjamin Disraeli
A brain must be dealt with, too old for plasticity, like sculptor's clay hardened beyond amendment of form.
"The Tyranny of Weakness" by Charles Neville Buck
Why, thou clay-brained guts; thou knotty-pated fool!
"The Universal Reciter" by Various
To mold the plastic clay into the shapes that thronged her brain!
"Satan Sanderson" by Hallie Erminie Rives

In poetry:

They shake, they groan, they outward strain.
What sight, of dire dismay
Will freeze its form upon my brain,
And turn it into clay?
"A Book of Dreams: Part II" by George MacDonald
Bruteward lash thy Helots--hold
Brain and soul and clay in gyves;
Coin their blood and sweat in gold,
Build thy cities on their lives.
"The Helot" by Isabella Valancy Crawford

In news:

Digital media scholar Clay Shirky has emerged as a voice of optimism at time when many are decrying the Internet's affects on our brains and our culture.
MOORHEAD – Clay County Attorney Brian Melton was expected to be released from the hospital Wednesday after a surgeon at Mayo Clinic successfully removed a benign tumor from his brain on Tuesday.