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Amianthus

1911 Encyclopedia Britannica

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a corruption of amiantus (Gr. a�iavTos, undefiled), a name applied to the finer kinds of asbestos, in consequence, it is said, of the mineral being unaffected by fire. Some of the finest amianthus, with long silky flexible fibres, occurs in the district of the Tarentaise in Savoy. According to Dr J. W. Evans, the ancient amianthus, derived mostly from Karystos in Euboea and from Cyprus, was probably a fibrous serpentine, or chrysotile (now called locally rawrarc07rETpa, or cotton-stone).

See Mineralogical Mag. (London) vol. xiv. no. 65 (1906), art. by J. W. Evans.

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Chisholm, Hugh, General Editor. Entry for 'Amianthus'. 1911 Encyclopedia Britanica. https://www.studylight.org/​encyclopedias/​eng/​bri/​a/amianthus.html. 1910.
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