from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as pumice.


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  • From the softness of a wet sponge to the hardness of pumice-stone there are infinite fine degrees of difference.

    The Magic Skin

  • Scoriae, in a state of dust, like powdered pumice-stone, and grayish ashes as small as the finest feculae, were held in suspension in the midst of their thick folds.

    The Mysterious Island

  • Here and there stray blocks, numerous debris of basalt and pumice-stone, were met with.

    The Mysterious Island

  • “This powdered pumice-stone, all this mineral dust, proves how grave is the convulsion going forward in the lower depths of the volcano.”

    The Mysterious Island

  • Epicurus, that it is an earthy bulk well compacted, with ores like a pumice-stone or a sponge, kindled by fire.

    Essays and Miscellanies

  • They continued to pass much pumice-stone; indeed the prodigious quantities of that substance which floated in the sea, between Japan and the Bashee Islands, seemed to indicate that some great volcanic convulsion must have happened in that part of the Pacific Ocean.

    Narrative of the Voyages Round The World, Performed by Captain James Cook

  • On the 4th and 5th, our navigators, continuing their course to the south-east, passed great quantities of pumice-stone.

    Narrative of the Voyages Round The World, Performed by Captain James Cook

  • Mr. Franklin scraped off all the nice varnish with pumice-stone, and made what he described as a surface to work on.

    The Moonstone

  • The goose-necked barnacle, with its five valves, comes in its myriads attached to derelict coco-nuts, floating logs, and pumice-stone.

    Tropic Days

  • Close to us, a minister of the pre-Boulangist period who had again become a minister, passed by, bowing right and left to ladies with a tremulous and distant smile, as though imprisoned in the past like a little phantom figure manipulated by an unseen hand which had reduced his size and changed his substance so that he looked like a pumice-stone reproduction of himself.

    Time Regained


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