from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A fine-grained white, greenish, or gray mineral, Mg3Si4O10(OH)2, having a soft soapy feel and used in talcum and face powder, as a paper coating, and as a filler for paint and plastics.
- transitive v. To apply this substance to (a photographic plate, for example).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A soft mineral of a soapy feel and a greenish, whitish, or grayish color, usually occurring in foliated masses.
- v. To apply talc
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A magnesian silicate, usually consisting of broad, flat, smooth laminæ or plates, unctuous to the touch, of a shining luster, translucent, and often transparent when in very thin plates.
- To treat, or rub with talc: as, in photography, to talc a plate to which it is desired to prevent the adherence of a film.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a fine grained mineral having a soft soapy feel and consisting of hydrated magnesium silicate; used in a variety of products including talcum powder
- v. apply talcum powder to (one's body)
French, from Medieval Latin talcum and Old Spanish talco, both from Arabic ṭalq, from Persian talk.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French talc, from Arabic طلق (ṭalq), from Persian تلک (talk). (Wiktionary)