[ am-ee-an-thuhs ]
/ ˌæm iˈæn θəs /
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a fine variety of asbestos, with delicate, flexible filaments.
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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
OTHER WORDS FROM amianthusam·i·an·thine [am-ee-an-thuhn, -thahyn], /ˌæm iˈæn θən, -θaɪn/, adjectiveam·i·an·thoid, am·i·an·thoi·dal, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for amianthus
The Chinese and the Corsicans blend the fibres of amianthus in their pottery to give it tenacity.Medical Essays|Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
What store of Amianthus there is in Cyprus; and how they work it?
British Dictionary definitions for amianthus
/ (ˌæmɪˈænθəs) /
any of the fine silky varieties of asbestos
Derived forms of amianthusamianthine, amianthoid or amianthoidal, adjective
Word Origin for amianthus
C17: from Latin amiantus, from Greek amiantos unsullied, from a- 1 + miainein to pollute
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