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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
talc
noun
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Among the silicates hardness varies from 1 in talc to 8 in topaz.
▪ Avoid using antiseptics, perfumed soaps or talc in the vaginal area, and don't use vaginal deodorants.
▪ For best results, some products are recommended to be used after dusting your skin with talc first.
▪ I rubbed talc into my face.
▪ It's eighty percent talc anyway.
▪ The proposed site is reported to contain around 3.5 million tons of talc.
▪ There were traces of police activity here as well - more grey dust mingled with Angy's musky talc.
▪ Wash with unperfumed soap, pat dry with a soft towel then apply a little unperfumed talc.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Talc

Talc \Talc\, n. [F. talc; cf. Sp. & It. talco, LL. talcus; all fr. Ar. talq.] (Min.) 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.

Indurated talc, an impure, slaty talc, with a nearly compact texture, and greater hardness than common talc; -- called also talc slate.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
talc

1580s, talke, from Middle French talc (16c.), probably from Spanish talco and Medieval Latin talcus, also talcum "talc" (ealy 14c.), both from Arabic talq, from Persian talk "talc." "It was applied by the Arab and medieval writers to various transparent, translucent and shining minerals such as talc proper, mica, selenite, etc." [Flood]. Related: Talcoid; talcose; talcous.

Wiktionary
talc

n. A soft mineral, composed of hydrated magnesium silicate, that has a soapy feel and a greenish, whitish, or grayish color, and usually occurs in foliated masses. vb. To apply talc.

WordNet
talc
  1. 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 [syn: talcum]

  2. [also: talcking, talcked]

talc
  1. v. apply talcum powder to (one's body)

  2. [also: talcking, talcked]

Wikipedia
TALC

Talc is a mineral composed of magnesium silicate.

TALC may also refer to:

  • The American Lutheran Church, a Christian Protestant denomination in the United States
  • Shaw PPV, a Canadian pay-per-view television network whose French language channels use the branding TALC
  • Teaching-aids at Low Cost or TALC a British charitable development agency that works to improve access to healthcare in low income countries
  • Transport and logistics centre, a national policy and practice research centre based in Sydney, Australia
  • Transportation and Land Use Coalition, a non-profit organization in the San Francisco Bay Area

Usage examples of "talc".

The museum comprehended an infinite number of medals, coins, urns, utensils, seals, cameos, intaglios, precious stones, vessels of agate and jasper, crystals, spars, fossils, metals, minerals, ore, earths, sands, salts, bitumens, sulphurs, ambergrise, talcs, mirre, testacea, corals, sponges, echini, echenites, asteri, trochi, crustatia, stellae marine, fishes, birds, eggs and nests, vipers, serpents, quadrupeds, insects, human calculi, anatomical preparations, seeds, gums, roots, dried plants, pictures, drawings, and mathematical instruments.

He is comforted by the talc smell of her housedresses mixed with the sunbaked smell of her skin, the perfumy smell of her party dresses.

Embroidered waistcoats were worn over underwaistcoats, all topped by white leaded faces and high wigs loaded down with Venetian talc.

At night your wellcreamed braceletted hands will wear fortythreebutton gloves newpowdered with talc and having delicately scented fingertips.

Other galaxies are Just like ours/ teeming with multitudinous sapient species/ talcing turns uplirting each other as a sacred duty/ then turning their attention toward the duties ot transcendence .

I slept six hours in Room 31 at the Harbour Hotel with traps at the door and the window and then got up and showered and took the stuff out of the canvas case and tried on the wet suit again and tested the mask, putting talc on the fins and taping the safety marker to black it out: they might just as well have painted a bull's-eye on the back of the suit, bang on the tenth vertebra.

I had shaved and showered three hours earlier, and applied talc to my prickly heat.

He'd have to lose twenty pounds before he'd win admiring glances at the poolside, but in his carefully tailored light-grey mohair and handmade brogues, with his manicured hands, and face talced like a freshly-baked cottage-loaf, I saw in him a possible ladies' man.

Each time we take our alternate form, we are talcing a chance by running free.

For hours I'd been fighting against talcing her job, and now that something was in the way which might stop me I knew I wouldn't let anything stop me.

So most of the farmers hereabouts have moved into town, talcing over houses which were deserted by those who chose to move away from the neighborhood altogether.

Hendley kept close to the wall of the apartment building on his left, talcing advantage of every concealing shadow.

Ethridge supplies them with the talcum powder, which is not GI talc.