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pumice

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noun pum·ice \ˈpə-məs\

Simple Definition of pumice

  • : a gray stone that comes from volcanoes, is full of small holes, has a very light weight, and is used especially for smoothing and polishing things or for softening the skin

Full Definition of pumice

  1. :  a volcanic glass full of cavities and very low in density that is used especially in powder form for smoothing and polishing

pu·mi·ceous play \pyü-ˈmi-shəs, ˌpə-\ adjective

Origin of pumice

Middle English pomis, from Anglo-French pomice, from Latin pumic-, pumex — more at foam


First Known Use: 15th century


PUMICE Defined for Kids

pumice

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noun pum·ice \ˈpə-məs\

Definition of pumice

  1. :  a very light porous volcanic glass that is used in powder form for smoothing and polishing




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pumice

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noun pum·ice \ˈpəm-əs\

Medical Definition of pumice

  1. :  a volcanic glass full of cavities and very light in weight used especially in powder form for smoothing and polishing




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