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[sohp-stohn] /ˈsoʊpˌstoʊn/
a massive variety of talc with a soapy or greasy feel, used for hearths, washtubs, tabletops, carved ornaments, etc.
Also called steatite.
Origin of soapstone
1675-85; soap + stone Unabridged
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  • 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.
  • People drilled holes in the gorgets, made from sandstone and soapstone, to string them on necklaces as pendants.
  • The economic geology section describes the soapstone mining industry at the time of publication.
British Dictionary definitions for soapstone


a massive compact soft variety of talc, used for making tabletops, hearths, ornaments, etc Also called steatite
Word Origin
C17: so called because it has a greasy feel and was sometimes used as soap
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Word Origin and History for soapstone

type of talc, 1680s, from soap (n.) + stone (n.). So called because it is occasionally used for cleaning.

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soapstone in Science
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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