Definition of Steatite

1. Noun. A soft heavy compact variety of talc having a soapy feel; used to make hearths and tabletops and ornaments.

Exact synonyms: Soap-rock, Soaprock, Soapstone
Generic synonyms: Talc, Talcum



Definition of Steatite

1. n. 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.

Definition of Steatite

1. Noun. (minerology) soapstone ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Steatite

1. a variety of talc [n -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Steatite

stearidonic acid
stearin
stearine
stearines
stearing
stearins
stearolic
stearone
stearones
stearoptene
stearoptenes
stearoyl
stearoyls
stears
stearyl
steatite (current term)
steatites
steatitic
steatocystoma
steatohepatitis
steatoma
steatomas
steatomata
steatomatous
steatopyga
steatopygia
steatopygian
steatopygias
steatopygic
steatopygous

Literary usage of Steatite

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Elements of Chemical and Physical Geology by Gustav Bischof (1859)
"... steatite after calc-spar. The crystals are tolerably large, and very much grown ... while the steatite pseudomorphs, after quartz and bitter-spar, ..."

2. Proceedings of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1890)
"From a close Inspection of the various articles, the conclusion was drawn that the disks were made out of fragments of steatite dishes, and that probably ..."

3. Building Stones and Clays: A Handbook for Architects and Engineers by Charles Henry Richardson (1917)
"steatite steatite is the mineralogical name applied to massive talc. ... steatite closely resembles serpentine in its chemical composition, mode of origin ..."

4. Summarized Proceedings ... and a Directory of Members (1890)
"THE writer exhibited some steatite ornaments consisting of the following : disk, bead, perforated pieces of steatite dishes and several ..."

5. Excavations at Phylakopi in Melos by British School at Athens, Thomas Dinham Atkinson (1904)
"steatite. A considerable number of steatite vessels and fragments were found ... The fact that they, with the steatite lamp, were all found at the level of ..."

6. Primitive Industry by Charles Conrad Abbott (1881)
"steatite FOOD-VESSELS. THROUGHOUT the eastern and middle states, wherever other traces of the former occupants of this country are found, there will usually ..."

7. Report on the Geology, Mineralogy, Botany, and Zoology of Massachusetts by Massachusetts Geological Survey, Edward Hitchcock (1835)
"steatite, or Soapstone. This is the softest of all the rocks employed in ... steatite, like serpentine, usually occurs in beds of no great extent. ..."

8. Report on the Geology, Mineralogy, Botany, and Zoology of Massachusetts by Massachusetts Geological survey, Edward Hitchcock (1835)
"steatite, or Soapstone. This is the softest of all the rocks employed in ... steatite, like serpentine, usually occurs in beds of no great extent. ..."

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