EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun a massive variety of talc with a soapy or greasy feel, used for hearths, washtubs, tabletops, carved ornaments, etc. Origin of soapstone
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Examples from the Web for soapstone Historical Examples of soapstone British Dictionary definitions for soapstone noun a massive compact soft variety of talc, used for making tabletops, hearths, ornaments, etc Also called: steatite Word Origin for soapstone
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 n.
type of talc, 1680s, from
soap (n.) + stone (n.). So called because it is occasionally used for cleaning.
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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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