Definition of amianthus in English:


Line breaks: ami|an¦thus
Pronunciation: /ˌamɪˈanθəs/

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[mass noun]
A variety of asbestos with fine silky fibres which can be woven.


early 17th century: from Latin amiantus, from Greek amiantos 'undefiled' (i.e. purified of stains by fire, it being incombustible), from a- 'not' + miainein 'defile'. The spelling was changed from the Latin on the pattern of plant names ending in -anthus, from Greek anthos 'flower'.

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