[as-bes-tuhs, az-]
Asbestine is a mineral compound composed of nearly pure fibrous magnesium silicate. It has fire-resistance characteristics between those of asbestos and talc . 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 . By some it was called linum vivum.

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  1. Roberts, Matt T. and Don Etherington Asbestine. Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books: A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology. Retrieved on 2006-01-26..

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