- a fine variety of asbestos, with delicate, flexible filaments.
Origin of amianthus
1660–70; < Latin amiantus < Greek amíantos, equivalent to a- a-6 + mian- (stem of miaínein to defile, make impure) + -tos verbal adjective suffix
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- any of the fine silky varieties of asbestos
C17: from Latin amiantus, from Greek amiantos unsullied, from a- 1 + miainein to pollute
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