steatite

steatite

[stee-uh-tahyt]
noun

Origin:
1595–1605; < Latin steatītēs < Greek steat- (stem of stéar) fat, tallow + -ītēs -ite1

steatitic [stee-uh-tit-ik] , adjective
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steatite (ˈstɪəˌtaɪt)
 
n
another name for soapstone
 
[C18: from Latin steatitēs, from Greek stear fat + -ite1]
 
steatitic
 
adj

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