Amianthus
Amianthus Am`i*an"thus, n. [L. amiantus, Gr. ? ? (lit., unsoiled stone) a greenish stone, like asbestus; 'a priv. + ? to stain, to defile; so called from its incombustibility.] (Min.) Earth flax, or mountain flax; a soft silky variety of asbestus. [1913 Webster]

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  • amianthus — [am΄ē an′thəs] n. [altered, infl. by ANTHO < L amiantus, asbestos < Gr amiantos (lithos), lit., unspotted (stone) < a , not + miainein, to stain or spot] a kind of asbestos with long, silky fibers …   English World dictionary

  • amianthus — amiantas statusas T sritis chemija apibrėžtis Pluoštinė aktinolito atmaina, mineralas. formulė Ca₂(Mg,Fe)₅[(OH,F)|Si₄O₁₁]₂ atitikmenys: angl. actinolite asbestos; amianthus rus. актинолит асбест; амиант ryšiai: sinonimas – aktinolito asbestas …   Chemijos terminų aiškinamasis žodynas

  • amianthus — amianthine /am ee an theuhn, thuyn/, adj. amianthoid, amianthoidal, adj. /am ee an theuhs/, n. Mineral. a fine variety of asbestos, with delicate, flexible filaments. [1660 70; < L amiantus < Gk amíantos, equiv. to a A 6 + mian (s. of miaínein to …   Universalium

  • amianthus — noun a type of asbestos with long, soft, thin fibers …   Wiktionary

  • amianthus — n. (Mineral) fibrous asbestos …   English contemporary dictionary

  • amianthus — [ˌamɪ anθəs] noun a variety of asbestos with fine silky fibres which can be woven. Origin C17: from L. amiantus, from Gk amiantos not defiled …   English new terms dictionary

  • amianthus — am·i·an·thus …   English syllables

  • amianthus — /æmiˈænθəs/ (say amee anthuhs) noun a fine variety of asbestos, with delicate, flexible filaments. {variant (with th; compare amaranth) of amiantus, from Latin, from Greek amiantos (lithos) undefiled (stone) …   Australian English dictionary

  • amianthus —   n. asbestos with silky fibres.    ♦ amianthine, a …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • amianthus — n. (also amiantus) any fine silky fibred variety of asbestos. Etymology: L f. Gk amiantos undefiled f. a not + miaino defile, i.e. purified by fire, being incombustible: for h cf. AMARANTH …   Useful english dictionary

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