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talc

Definitions of talc
  1. noun
    a fine grained mineral having a soft soapy feel and consisting of hydrated magnesium silicate; used in a variety of products including talcum powder
    synonyms: talcum
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    types:
    soap-rock, soaprock, soapstone, steatite
    a soft heavy compact variety of talc having a soapy feel; used to make hearths and tabletops and ornaments
    French chalk
    a soft white compact talc used to mark cloth or to remove grease stains
    rensselaerite
    a kind of soft talc; sometimes used as wood filler
    type of:
    mineral
    solid homogeneous inorganic substances occurring in nature having a definite chemical composition
  2. verb
    apply talcum powder to (one's body)
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    type of:
    powder
    apply powder to
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