steatite

noun
ste·​a·​tite | \ ˈstē-ə-ˌtīt How to pronounce steatite (audio) \

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 How to pronounce steatitic (audio) \ 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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“Steatite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/steatite. Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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