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  1. a friable stone resulting from the decomposition of a siliceous limestone, used as a powder for polishing metals.
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Origin of rottenstone

First recorded in 1670–80; rotten + stone
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Examples from the Web for rottenstone

Historical Examples of rottenstone

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for rottenstone


  1. a much-weathered limestone, rich in silica: used in powdered form for polishing metal
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