- to treat or rub with talc.
Origin of talc
Examples from the Web for talc
Historical Examples of talc
Talc is also derived from the recrystallization of magnesian carbonates.The Economic Aspect of Geology
C. K. Leith
The obvious place to look was the talc shelf or smoke-guard of the lamp.The Adventure of the Devil's Foot
Arthur Conan Doyle
Talc is the most frequently used article of this description.The Handbook of Soap Manufacture
W. H. Simmons
And as for this waxy stuff spread over the talc, it's unique.The Lost Continent
C. J. Cutcliffe Hyne
As for the talc mask and the black moustache, that is not much to help us, it is true.At the Villa Rose
A. E. W. Mason
- See talcum powder
- a white, grey, brown, or pale green mineral, found in metamorphic rocks. It is used in the manufacture of talcum powder and electrical insulators. Composition: hydrated magnesium silicate. Formula: Mg 3 Si 4 O 10 (OH) 2 . Crystal structure: monoclinic
- (tr) to apply talc to
Word Origin for talc
Word Origin and History for talc
1580s, from Middle French talc, probably from Spanish talco and Medieval Latin talcum "talc" (ealy 14c.), both from Arabic talq, from Persian talk "talc." "It was applied by the Arab and medieval writers to various transparent, translucent and shining minerals such as talc proper, mica, selenite, etc." [Flood].
- A fine-grained white, greenish, or gray mineral, having a soft soapy feel and used in talcum and face powder.talcum
- A very soft white, greenish, or gray monoclinic mineral usually occurring as massive micalike flakes in igneous or metamorphic rocks. It has a soapy texture and is used in face powder and talcum powder, for coating paper, and as a filler in paints and plastics. Chemical formula: Mg3Si4O10(OH)2.