pumice

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Etymology[edit]

From Anglo-Norman and Old French pomis (pumice stone), from Latin pūmex (pumice stone).

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pumice (uncountable)

  1. A light, porous type of pyroclastic igneous rock, formed during explosive volcanic eruptions when liquid lava is ejected into the air as a froth containing masses of gas bubbles. As the lava solidifies, the bubbles are frozen into the rock.
    • 1912, Katherine Mansfield, The Woman at the Store, Oxford World's Classics 2002, page 10
      The wind blew close to the ground - it rooted among the tussock grass - slithered along the road, so that the white pumice dust swirled in our faces - settled and sifted over us and was like a dry-skin itching for growth on our bodies.

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Verb[edit]

pumice (third-person singular simple present pumices, present participle pumicing, simple past and past participle pumiced)

  1. (transitive) To abrade or roughen with pumice.

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Latin[edit]

Noun[edit]

pūmice m or f

  1. ablative singular of pūmex