American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A soft metamorphic rock composed mostly of the mineral talc. Also called steatite.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A variety of steatite (see talc); specifically, a piece of such stone used when heated for a griddle, a foot-warmer, or other like purpose.
- n. geology a soft rock, rich in talc, also containing serpentine and either magnetite, dolomite or calcite
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. a soft heavy compact variety of talc having a soapy feel; used to make hearths and tabletops and ornaments
- From its smooth soapy feel. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“One carven image of the goddess Sekmet, seated on her throne, two inches high, carved in soapstone, caked with an iron rich clay, oxidized to a deep blood red.”
“~ One carven image of the goddess Sekmet, seated on her throne, two inches high, carved in soapstone, caked with an iron rich clay, oxidized to a deep blood red.”
“And the use of the soapstone is a really nice choice for an alternative to plastic.”
“These the doctor declared to be formed of the mineral known as soapstone, and pointed out in them specks of gold still adhering to the glaze.”
“This rock is miscalled soapstone, which it resembles in some of its properties and uses.”
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“It is a shallow crescent-shaped vessel of potstone, or what is called soapstone from its soapy feel.”
“Rather so," replied the Captain, "but hardly more so than the two little drinking-cups we carved out of the same kind of soapstone that we made the lamp and pot of.”
“If you had paid $40 for a figure marked "soapstone," then found out it was jade, would you give $100 back to the estate sale company?”
“Chinese "soapstone" carvings are carved from fine-grained pyrophyllite.”
“The scrapbook appearance of each page has a number of postcard styled photographs scattered on the two page spread as well as artefacts such as Inuit bone toys and soapstone carvings.”
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