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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Soapstone \Soap"stone'\, noun See {Steatite}, and {Talc}.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Steatite \Ste"a*tite\ (-t[imac]t), noun [Gr. ste'ar, ste'atos, fat, tallow: cf. F. st['e]atite.] (Min.) A massive variety of talc, of a grayish green or brown color. It forms extensive beds, and is quarried for fireplaces and for coarse utensils. Called also {potstone}, {lard stone}, and {soapstone}.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Talc \Talc\ (t[a^]lk), noun [F. talc; cf. Sp. & It. talco, LL. talcus; all fr. Ar. talq.] (Min.) A soft mineral of a soapy feel and a greenish, whitish, or grayish color, usually occurring in foliated masses. It is hydrous silicate of magnesia. {Steatite}, or {soapstone}, is a compact granular variety.

{Indurated talc}, an impure, slaty talc, with a nearly compact texture, and greater hardness than common talc; -- called also {talc slate}. Talcose

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

soapstone

noun

1: a soft heavy compact variety of talc having a soapy feel; used to make hearths and tabletops and ornaments [syn: {soapstone}, {soaprock}, {soap-rock}, {steatite}]


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