soap·​stone | \ ˈsōp-ˌstōn How to pronounce soapstone (audio) \

Definition of soapstone

: a soft stone having a soapy feel and composed essentially of talc, chlorite, and often some magnetite

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The Alpine whiskey glass is cradled in a sculpted piece of soapstone. New York Times, "A Cool Way to Chill Bourbon," 27 June 2018 Wooden butcher-block and soapstone can also be left unsealed, but may benefit from the periodic application of mineral oil. Tim Mckeough, New York Times, "The Kitchen Counter Challenge," 28 June 2019 The counters are a dark soapstone, the cabinets are white, and the appliances are white, including the gas stove. Real Estate, "Home of the Week: The flooring in this 3-bedroom Cape is school chalkboards," 7 Sep. 2019 At the latter, craft with soapstone beads, try basket weaving and play Chumash Native American games. Sara Cagle, Los Angeles Times, "Elvis impersonators, LEGO fan fest and L.A.'s 238th birthday coming up," 14 Aug. 2019 Items discovered during the excavation include soapstone from the Shetland Islands, pottery and a bone spindle whorl. Fox News, "Viking drinking hall discovered on remote Scottish island," 8 Aug. 2019 Wrapped by a front porch that will look familiar to fans of the show, the house was purchased in 1929 by the writer’s father, Earl Sr., who worked as a machinist at the local soapstone company. Andrew Herrmann,, "‘The Waltons’ fans have plenty to celebrate in this corner of the Blue Ridge Mountains," 7 Aug. 2019 Judaculla Rock; Cullowhee, North Carolina With 1,548 carvings on one soapstone boulder, Judaculla Rock has more carvings on one rock than anywhere else in the eastern United States. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian, "Eight Spots in the United States Where You Can See Petroglyphs," 18 July 2019 With granite and soapstone, etching isn’t a concern. Tim Mckeough, New York Times, "The Kitchen Counter Challenge," 28 June 2019

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First Known Use of soapstone

circa 1681, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of soapstone

: a type of soft stone that feels like soap


soap·​stone | \ ˈsōp-ˌstōn How to pronounce soapstone (audio) \

Kids Definition of soapstone

: a soft stone that has a soapy or greasy feeling

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