Definition of talc in English:

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Pronunciation: /talk/


[mass noun]
1Talcum powder.
Example sentences
  • Body washes, shampoos, liquid talc, massaging balms and skin lotions are all priced at £3.99 (available at Boots).
  • In the 1960s and 1970s, a new winceyette nightie and a boxed set of pink talc and bath cubes from Woolies were the ultimate in luxury.
  • Deodorant or talc should be avoided, as these could irritate or infect the wound.
2A white, grey, or pale green soft mineral with a greasy feel, occurring as translucent masses or laminae and consisting of hydrated magnesium silicate.
Example sentences
  • Further investigation led to biopsy through a bronchoscope, which showed crystals, identified as talc (magnesium silicate).
  • This form of bronchiolar disease may occur with inhalation of a number of inorganic dusts, including asbestos, iron oxide, aluminum oxide, talc, mica, silica, silicate, and coal.
  • Crystals reach more than 25 cm in length and 2 cm in width and are associated with a mass of fine-grained talc.

verb (talcs, talcing, talced)

[with object]
Powder or treat (something) with talc: he took two hours to get himself dressed for a date, oiling his black hair and talcing his face
More example sentences
  • Why would I be wanting to make myself sweat when I am already spending so much time talcing every day, without taking even one step?
  • She came up with a price - everything can be had for a price in Bangkok, and before I could figure out if the idea was a good one, I was lying on my back being talced.
  • My confessions are talcing my hair, shopping in Primark and talking to the cat in a baby voice.



adjective ( Geology )
Example sentences
  • Both the peridotites and pyroxenites alter to amphibolites, which in turn may alter to talcose rocks.
  • Near Glovers Bluff is an altered, talcose conglomerate mainly of ultramafic and mafic derivation.
  • Similar talcose shears are found in the major fault zone that localizes the California Motherlode deposits where high grade native gold has been produced.




Example sentences
  • The vein was composed of a mixture of ‘talcy, sticky mud and hard quartz.’
  • Nevertheless this is a lovely wine, with a fabulously precise nose of mineral-laced pears and apples, with a firm, talcy, white pepper quality.
  • Corn starch also has the added benefit of having a silky not talcy feel to it.


Late 16th century (denoting the mineral): from medieval Latin talcum (see talcum).

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