is a mineral compound
composed of nearly pure fibrous magnesium silicate
. It has fire-resistance
characteristics between those of asbestos
. It is now used in paper
manufacture, but was anciently said to be made into napkins
, which, when dirty, were simply thrown into the fire to clean . By some it was called linum vivum
- Roberts, Matt T. and Don Etherington Asbestine. Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books: A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology. Retrieved on 2006-01-26..