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steatite

Line breaks: stea|tite
Pronunciation: /ˈstɪətʌɪt
 
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Definition of steatite in English:

noun

[mass noun]
The mineral talc occurring in consolidated form, especially as soapstone.
Example sentences
  • In Scandinavia many bowls and cooking vessels have been found carved from soapstone, or steatite, a mineral that is very heat tolerant.
  • Potters at Bristol used steatite or soapstone - the ingredient that gives Worcester porcelain durability and enables it to hold hot liquids without cracking.
  • In addition to the mosaic icons, this gallery held a small number of works of steatite and precious stone that were used for private devotions or for personal adornment.

Origin

mid 18th century: via Latin from Greek steatītēs, from stear, steat- 'tallow'.

Derivatives

steatitic

1
Pronunciation: /-ˈtɪtɪk/
adjective
Example sentences
  • The raw material source is a steatitic talc, also called soapstone, which originates from the thermal metamorphism of siliceous dolomitic rocks.
  • Three recipe types are recognised namely, hard-paste Si-Al-Ca, phosphatic, and high-magnesium (steatitic) bodies.
  • These sequences are immediately unerlain by steatitic ultramafics.

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