Meaning of ASBESTOS in English

/ æsˈbestəs; NAmE / noun

[ U ] a soft grey mineral that does not burn, used especially in the past in building as a protection against fire or to prevent heat loss



early 17th cent., via Latin from Greek asbestos unquenchable (applied by Dioscurides to quicklime), from a- not + sbestos (from sbennumi quench).

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