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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Historical Examples of amianthus
What store of Amianthus there is in Cyprus; and how they work it?
The Chinese and the Corsicans blend the fibres of amianthus in their pottery to give it tenacity.Medical Essays
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
any of the fine silky varieties of asbestos
Word Origin for amianthus
C17: from Latin amiantus, from Greek amiantos unsullied, from a- 1 + miainein to pollute
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