steatite

noun
ste·​a·​tite | \ˈstē-ə-ˌtīt \

Definition of steatite 

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

2 : an electrically insulating porcelain composed largely of steatite

Other Words from steatite

steatitic \ˌstē-​ə-​ˈti-​tik \ adjective

First Known Use of steatite

1794, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for steatite

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

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