French chalk
noun Date: circa 1728 a soft white granular variety of steatite used especially for drawing lines on cloth and for removing grease in dry cleaning

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  • French chalk — Chalk Chalk (ch[add]k), n. [AS. cealc lime, from L. calx limestone. See {Calz}, and {Cawk}.] 1. (Min.) A soft, earthy substance, of a white, grayish, or yellowish white color, consisting of calcium carbonate, and having the same composition as… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • French chalk — is a type of talc used by tailors for marking cloth, by cleaners for removing grease from cloth and as a dry lubricant in its powdered form.French chalk is also an essential ingredient required for the repair of punctured inner tubes of pneumatic …   Wikipedia

  • French chalk — French French (fr[e^]nch), prop. a. [AS. frencisc, LL. franciscus, from L. Francus a Frank: cf. OF. franceis, franchois, fran[,c]ois, F. fran[,c]ais. See {Frank}, a., and cf. {Frankish}.] Of or pertaining to France or its inhabitants. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • French chalk — n. a very soft soapstone chalk used for marking lines on cloth or removing grease spots …   English World dictionary

  • French chalk — French′ chalk′ n. clo a talc for marking lines on fabrics • Etymology: 1720–30 …   From formal English to slang

  • French chalk — noun a soft white compact talc used to mark cloth or to remove grease stains • Hypernyms: ↑talc, ↑talcum * * * noun Usage: usually capitalized F : a soft white granular variety of steatite used as a grease remover in dry cleaning or for drawing… …   Useful english dictionary

  • French chalk — /frɛntʃ ˈtʃɔk/ (say french chawk) noun a talc for marking lines on cloth, etc …   Australian English dictionary

  • French chalk — a talc for marking lines on fabrics. [1720 30] * * * …   Universalium

  • French chalk — noun A type of steatite, used to mark cloth and as a lubricant in shoes, gloves etc …   Wiktionary

  • french chalk — talc used on cloth by tailors to make marks on cloth; talc that cleaners use for removing grease stains from clothes …   English contemporary dictionary

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