soapstone

[sohp-stohn]
noun
a massive variety of talc with a soapy or greasy feel, used for hearths, washtubs, tabletops, carved ornaments, etc.
Also called steatite.


Origin:
1675–85; soap + stone

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soapstone (ˈsəʊpˌstəʊn)
 
n
Also called: steatite a massive compact soft variety of talc, used for making tabletops, hearths, ornaments, etc
 
[C17: so called because it has a greasy feel and was sometimes used as soap]

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soapstone   (sōp'stōn')  Pronunciation Key 
A soft metamorphic rock composed mostly of the mineral talc, but also including chlorite, pyroxene, and amphibole. It has a schistose texture and is greasy to the touch. Soapstone forms through the alteration of ferromagnesian silicate minerals during metamorphism.
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Example sentences
There are two decks and an open kitchen with cherry cabinets and soapstone and
  butcher-block counters.
The interior includes wide-plank floors, nine fireplaces and an updated kitchen
  with soapstone countertops.
His elaborate soapstone carvings, including the pulpits and altars, are simply
  unbelievable.
Green soapstone is used for countertops and for one of the two sinks in this
  kitchen, and the floor is concrete with radiant heat.
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