Variant of asbestos
any of several grayish minerals, as amphiboles (esp. actinolite) or serpentines (esp. chrysotile), that separate into long, threadlike fibers that do not burn or conduct heat or electricity and are often resistant to chemicals: used, esp. formerly, to make fireproof materials, electrical insulation, roofing, etc.
occasionally sp. asbestus
Origin of asbestosMiddle English asbestus ; from Classical Latin asbestos ; from Classical Greek inextinguishable ; from a-, not + sbestos ; from sbennynai, to extinguish: first applied in Classical Greek and amp; Classical Latin to unslaked lime or a mineral other than asbestos
woven of or containing asbestos