Meaning of ASBESTOS in English

n. 1 a fibrous silicate mineral that is incombustible. 2 this used as a heat-resistant or insulating material. asbestine adj.

[ ME f. OF albeston, ult. f. Gk asbestos unquenchable f. a- not + sbestos f. sbennumi quench ]

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