Definition of Amianthus

1. n. Earth flax, or mountain flax; a soft silky variety of asbestus.



Definition of Amianthus

1. Noun. a type of asbestos with long, soft, thin fibers ¹

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Definition of Amianthus

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Medical Definition of Amianthus

1. Earth flax, or mountain flax; a soft silky variety of asbestus. Origin: L. Amiantus, Gr. (lit, unsoiled stone) a greenish stone, like asbestus; priv. + to stain, to defile; so called from its incombustibility. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Literary usage of Amianthus

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1. Recreations in Mathematics and Natural Philosophy by Jacques Ozanam, Jean Etienne Montucla (1814)
"The amianthus, called also incombustible flax, and asbestos, ... Alum is a salt, and is soluble in water, whereas the amianthus is insoluble in that liquid. ..."

2. Outlines of Mineralogy by John Kidd (1809)
"The term amianthus is now generally used to express those varieties of ... amianthus. • Specific gravity 0,9. Fusible by the blowpipe to a blackish glass. ..."

3. Universal Geography: Or a Description of All Parts of the World, on a New by Conrad Malte-Brun (1824)
"We will terminate this hasty survey of earthy substances by a brief description of the celebrated asbestos. This substance, called also amianthus, ..."

4. Retrospect of Philosophical, Mechanical, Chemical, and Agricultural Discoveries (1806)
"THE ancients, according to Pliny, made with amianthus an incombustible cloth. There is a sheet shewn in the Vatican, which is said to be made of this cloth. ..."

5. The Diary of John Evelyn by John Evelyn, Austin Dobson (1906)
"... and divers things of woven amianthus.1 Milan is a sweet place, and though the streets are narrow, they abound in rich coaches, and are full of noblesse, ..."

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