Meaning of ASBESTOS in English

ASBESTOS

noun Etymology: Middle English albeston mineral supposed to be inextinguishable when set on fire, probably from Middle French abeston, from Medieval Latin asbeston, alteration of Latin ~, from Greek, unslaked lime, from ~ inextinguishable, from a- + sbennynai to quench Date: 1607 any of several minerals (as chrysotile) that readily separate into long flexible fibers, that cause ~is and have been implicated as causes of certain cancers, and that have been used especially formerly as fireproof insulating materials

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