steatite

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n steatite a soft heavy compact variety of talc having a soapy feel; used to make hearths and tabletops and ornaments
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Steatite (Min) A massive variety of talc, of a grayish green or brown color. It forms extensive beds, and is quarried for fireplaces and for coarse utensils. Called also potstone lard stone, and soapstone.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n steatite Soapstone: an impure massive variety of talc. Also called potstone.
    • n steatite A gem or seal, cut in steatite.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Steatite stē′a-tīt soapstone, a compact or massive variety of talc, a hydrous silicate of magnesia, white or yellow, soft and greasy to the touch—used by tailors for marking cloth, and called Briançon Chalk, French Chalk, and Venice Talc
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. ste`ar ste`atos, fat, tallow: cf. F. stéatite,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. steatitēsstear, steatos, suet.

Usage

In literature:

The body is of cast-iron; the cover, funnel, and chimney are of tin; and the burner is of steatite.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 324, March 18, 1882" by Various
The other minerals so common are the varieties of steatite.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 344, August 5, 1882" by Various
Inside this were four caskets of steatite (a sacred stone among the Buddhists), each containing small portions of burnt human bone.
"Ten Great Religions" by James Freeman Clarke
A large pipe of gray steatite; the bowl is square and about 3 inches in length, by 1 in diameter.
"Illustrated Catalogue of a Portion of the Collections Made" by William H. Holmes
Steatite is extracted from the Arakan hill quarries.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 4" by Various
The zoologist carried a meerschaum; the guides smoked out of Indian calumets of the celebrated steatite, or red claystone.
"The Hunters' Feast" by Mayne Reid
He saw the natives eating steatite.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
Three of them were carved out of steatite, being skillfully cut and polished.
"Ancient America, in Notes on American Archaeology" by John D. Baldwin
In one tomb there was found, with undoubted Libyan pottery, a green steatite cylinder of a type known in the Old Kingdom.
"El Kab" by J.E. Quibell
The steatite vases with reliefs are of great importance.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 6" by Various
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In poetry:

The merchants brought him steatite from Sidon
in their painted ships:
The meanest cup that touched his lips was
fashioned from a chrysolite.
"The Sphinx" by Oscar Wilde