amianthus

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Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek ἀμίαντος (amíantos, undefiled), from ἀ- (a-, not) + μιαίνω (miaínō, I defile).

Noun[edit]

amianthus (uncountable)

  1. A type of asbestos with long, soft, thin fibers.
    • 1665, Robert Hooke, Micrographia, I:
      the Microscope can afford us hundreds of Instances of Points many thousand times sharper: such as […] the ends of the stiriæ or small parallelipipeds of Amianthus […].

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Further reading[edit]

  • Amianthus” in David Barthelmy, Webmineral Mineralogy Database[1], 1997–.
  • amianthus mindat.org[2], Hudson Institute of Mineralogy, accessed 29 August 2016