Definitions for talctælk

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

talctælk(n.)

  1. a soft green-to-gray mineral, hydrous magnesium silicate, Mg3(Si4O10)(OH)2.

    Category: Mineralogy

  2. Ref: talcum powder.

Origin of talc:

1595–1605; < ML talcum < Ar ṭalq mica < Pers talk

Princeton's WordNet

  1. talc, talcum(verb)

    a fine grained mineral having a soft soapy feel and consisting of hydrated magnesium silicate; used in a variety of products including talcum powder

  2. talc(verb)

    apply talcum powder to (one's body)

Wiktionary

  1. talc(Noun)

    A soft mineral of a soapy feel and a greenish, whitish, or grayish color, usually occurring in foliated masses.

  2. Origin: From talc, from (talq).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Talc(noun)

    a soft mineral of a soapy feel and a greenish, whitish, or grayish color, usually occurring in foliated masses. It is hydrous silicate of magnesia. Steatite, or soapstone, is a compact granular variety

Freebase

  1. Talc

    Talc is a mineral composed of hydrated magnesium silicate with the chemical formula H2Mg3(SiO3)4 or Mg3Si4O10(OH)2. In loose form, it is the widely used substance known as talcum powder. It occurs as foliated to fibrous masses, and in an exceptionally rare crystal form. It has a perfect basal cleavage, and the folia are non-elastic, although slightly flexible. It is the softest known mineral and listed as 1 on the Mohs hardness scale. It can be easily scratched by a fingernail. It is also sectile. It has a specific gravity of 2.5–2.8, a clear or dusty luster, and is translucent to opaque. Talc is not soluble in water, but it is slightly soluble in dilute mineral acids. Its colour ranges from white to grey or green and it has a distinctly greasy feel. Its streak is white. Soapstone is a metamorphic rock composed predominantly of talc.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Talc

    Finely powdered native hydrous magnesium silicate. It is used as a dusting powder, either alone or with starch or boric acid, for medicinal and toilet preparations. It is also an excipient and filler for pills, tablets, and for dusting tablet molds. (From Merck Index, 11th ed)


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

talc(noun)

a kind of soft mineral that feels like soap.

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