amiantus, ī, m. (ἀμίαντος, unbefleckt, rein), die grünlichweiße Asbestgattung, der Amiant, auch Berg- od. Erdflachs gen., der in die feinsten Fasern, gleich Fäden, teilbar, schon im Altertum zu Gespinsten u. Geweben verarbeitet wurde, die aus dem Feuer nicht nur unversehrt, sondern sogar glänzender hervorkamen, Plin. 36, 139. Isid. 16, 4, 19. 1806–1895.

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