pum·​ice | \ ˈpə-məs How to pronounce pumice (audio) \

Definition of pumice

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

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Other Words from pumice

pumiceous \ pyü-​ˈmi-​shəs How to pronounce pumice (audio) , ˌpə-​ \ adjective

Examples of pumice in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The final steps include trimming the edges, brushing, combing and using a power sander and pumice stone to buff the leather on the opposite side of the fiber. Barry Adams, Star Tribune, "Woman-operated Wisconsin tanning company is all natural," 3 Apr. 2021 Foot files are a step up from pumice stones in terms of their buffing potential. Sian Babish, chicagotribune.com, "How to get rid of dead skin on feet," 21 Mar. 2021 Inadvertently preserved by the volcano’s ash and pumice, the city’s ruins have fascinated researchers for hundreds of years, with the first systematic excavations of the site taking place in the mid-18th century. Isis Davis-marks, Smithsonian Magazine, "‘Miraculously’ Well-Preserved Ceremonial Chariot Found at Villa Outside of Pompeii," 2 Mar. 2021 The pumice stone is the worst thing that ever happened to feet. Cat Quinn, refinery29.com, "Confessions Of A Celebrity Medical Pedicurist," 5 Jan. 2021 Stelson hopes one day to find the right technology to scan what lies beneath the pumice and other rock that covers this otherworldly landscape about 290 miles southwest of Anchorage. Melissa Findley, National Geographic, "Destinations on the rise for 2021," 20 Nov. 2020 Exfoliating first with a pumice stone and following up with a moisturizer is the best way to ensure the hydration needed to keep your feet soft isn't blocked. Sophie Wirt, Allure, "14 Foot Creams to Soothe Your Dry Feet and Cracked Heels," 15 Nov. 2020 This comfy pairing comes with an 18-inch by 18-inch throw pillow and a tasseled throw blanket in the color pumice. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "35 amazing gifts you can get from Black-owned businesses," 5 Nov. 2020 This unexpected greenhouse in the lava fields of Iceland uses water enriched with nutrients and energy from a neighboring geothermal power plant to grow barley in volcanic pumice. Frans Lanting, National Geographic, "When wildfires threaten your home," 9 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of pumice

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pumice

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

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The first known use of pumice was in the 15th century

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9 Apr 2021

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“Pumice.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pumice. Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners 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


pum·​ice | \ ˈpə-məs How to pronounce pumice (audio) \

Kids Definition of pumice

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


pum·​ice | \ ˈpəm-əs How to pronounce pumice (audio) \

Medical Definition of pumice

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

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