- a friable stone resulting from the decomposition of a siliceous limestone, used as a powder for polishing metals.
Origin of rottenstone
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Tripoli (and rottenstone) are used in polishing powders and scouring soaps as well as for filter blocks and many other purposes.The Economic Aspect of Geology
C. K. Leith
The unpainted surfaces will be kept clean and bright with rottenstone and oil or "Putz-pomade."The Gunner's Examiner
Harold E. Cloke
Polishing is effected by wooden wheels fed with wet pumice-powder and rottenstone and by brushes fed with moistened putty-powder.
- a much-weathered limestone, rich in silica: used in powdered form for polishing metal
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