- a massive variety of talc with a soapy or greasy feel, used for hearths, washtubs, tabletops, carved ornaments, etc.
Origin of soapstone
Also called steatite.
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Examples from the Web for soapstone
Popularly the terms talc and soapstone are often used synonymously.The Economic Aspect of Geology
C. K. Leith
The pot above it, suspended from the roof, was also made of soapstone.The Giant of the North
It is made of soapstone and has a hole in each corner for the string.The Central Eskimo
The blue rocks are hollowed like soapstone by the rush of the water.From Sea to Sea
One could tell by the soapstone lamps in the huts that famine was near.The Second Jungle Book
- a massive compact soft variety of talc, used for making tabletops, hearths, ornaments, etcAlso called: steatite
C17: so called because it has a greasy feel and was sometimes used as soap
Word Origin and History for soapstone
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- 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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