amianthus

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am·i·an·thus

 (ăm′ē-ăn′thəs) also am·i·an·tus (-təs)
n.
Asbestos with fine, silky fibers.

[Latin amiantus, from Greek amiantos, undefiled : a-, not; see a-1 + miantos, defiled (from miainein, to defile).]

amianthus

(ˌæmɪˈænθəs) or

amiantus

n
(Minerals) any of the fine silky varieties of asbestos
[C17: from Latin amiantus, from Greek amiantos unsullied, from a-1 + miainein to pollute]
ˌamiˈanthine, ˌamiˈanthoid, ˌamianˈthoidal adj