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Asbestine is a mineral compound composed of nearly pure fibrous magnesium silicate. It has fire-resistance characteristics between those of asbestos and talc [1]. It is now used in paper manufacture, but was anciently said to be made into napkins and towels, which, when dirty, were simply thrown into the fire to clean [2]. By some it was called linum vivum.[2]

See also

  • asbestos


  1. ^ Roberts, Matt T. and Don Etherington. Asbestine. Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books: A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology. Retrieved on 2006-01-26.
  2. ^ This article incorporates content from the 1728 Cyclopaedia, a publication in the public domain. [1]
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