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amianthus

[am-ee-an-thuh s] /ˌæm iˈæn θəs/
noun, Mineralogy
1.
a fine variety of asbestos, with delicate, flexible filaments.
Origin
1660-1670
1660-70; < Latin amiantus < Greek amíantos, equivalent to a- a-6 + mian- (stem of miaínein to defile, make impure) + -tos verbal adjective suffix
Related forms
amianthine
[am-ee-an-thuh n, -thahyn] /ˌæm iˈæn θən, -θaɪn/ (Show IPA),
adjective
amianthoid, amianthoidal, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for amianthus

amianthus

/ˌæmɪˈænθəs/
noun
1.
any of the fine silky varieties of asbestos
Derived Forms
amianthine, amianthoid, amianthoidal, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Latin amiantus, from Greek amiantos unsullied, from a-1 + miainein to pollute
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