Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

talc

play
noun \ˈtalk\

Definition of talc

  1. 1 :  a very soft mineral that is a basic silicate of magnesium, has a soapy feel, and is used especially in making talcum powder

  2. 2 :  talcum powder

talc·ose play \ˈtal-ˌkōs\ adjective


Origin of talc

French, from Middle French talk, from Medieval Latin talc, talcum, from Arabic ṭalq


First Known Use: 1610

Rhymes with talc


TALC Defined for Kids

talc

play
noun \ˈtalk\

Definition of talc

  1. :  a soft mineral that has a soapy feel and is used especially in making talcum powder




Medical Dictionary

talc

play
noun \ˈtalk\

Medical Definition of talc

  1. :  a very soft mineral Mg3Si4O10(OH)2 that is a basic silicate of magnesium, has a soapy feel, and is used especially in making talcum powder




Learn More about talc


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up talc? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 6, 2016

an official order, decree, or edict

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image1037863653

Which of the following refers to thin, bending ice, or to the act of running over such ice?

duvet kittly-benders pince-nez spindrift
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ