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steatite

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noun ste·a·tite \ˈstē-ə-ˌtīt\

Definition of steatite

  1. 1 :  a massive talc having a grayish-green or brown color :  soapstone

  2. 2 :  an electrically insulating porcelain composed largely of steatite

ste·a·tit·ic play \ˌstē-ə-ˈti-tik\ adjective


Origin of steatite

Latin steatitis, a precious stone, from Greek, from steat-, stear


First Known Use: 1794


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