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as·bes·tos

asbestos

 
pronunciation:
aes bes ts [or] aez bes ts
part of speech: noun
definition: a mineral that separates into fibers and does not catch fire or conduct electricity. Asbestos is used to make fireproof materials and insulation.
The ship was insulated with asbestos.
derivations: asbestoid (adj.), asbestous (adj.)