What does the word clay mean?

Usage examples for clay

  1. My chearful soul now all the day Sits waiting here and sings; Looks through the ruins of her clay, And practises her wings. – A Poetical Review of the Literary and Moral Character of the late Samuel Johnson (1786) by John Courtenay
  2. Now you're positive this is just about the same amount and the same kind of clay he used before? – A Filbert Is a Nut by Rick Raphael
  3. You looked at it until a stone was cut out, not by the hands of men, which struck the image on its feet of iron and clay and broke them in pieces. – The Children's Bible by Henry A. Sherman Charles Foster Kent