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[sohp-stohn] /ˈsoʊpˌstoʊn/
a massive variety of talc with a soapy or greasy feel, used for hearths, washtubs, tabletops, carved ornaments, etc.
Also called steatite.
Origin of soapstone
First recorded in 1675-85; soap + stone Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for soapstone
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  • Popularly the terms talc and soapstone are often used synonymously.

  • The pot above it, suspended from the roof, was also made of soapstone.

    The Giant of the North R.M. Ballantyne
  • It is made of soapstone and has a hole in each corner for the string.

    The Central Eskimo Franz Boas
  • The blue rocks are hollowed like soapstone by the rush of the water.

    From Sea to Sea Rudyard Kipling
  • One could tell by the soapstone lamps in the huts that famine was near.

    The Second Jungle Book Rudyard Kipling
  • It was of solid oak, of a texture as firm and grainless almost as soapstone.

    Old Plymouth Trails Winthrop Packard
  • They can easily be warmed with a hot-water bag, flat-iron, or soapstone.

    How to Live Irving Fisher and Eugene Fisk
  • The tubs are of soapstone, at the opposite side of the room from the ironing-table.

  • Don't you want me to heat a soapstone and fetch it up to you?

    By the Light of the Soul Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • A piece of soapstone or a piece of very hard wood will answer.

    On the Trail Lina Beard and Adelia Belle Beard
British Dictionary definitions for soapstone


a massive compact soft variety of talc, used for making tabletops, hearths, ornaments, etc Also called steatite
Word Origin
C17: so called because it has a greasy feel and was sometimes used as soap
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Word Origin and History for soapstone

type of talc, 1680s, from soap (n.) + stone (n.). So called because it is occasionally used for cleaning.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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soapstone in Science
A soft metamorphic rock composed mostly of the mineral talc, but also including chlorite, pyroxene, and amphibole. It has a schistose texture and is greasy to the touch. Soapstone forms through the alteration of ferromagnesian silicate minerals during metamorphism.
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