1. asbestos

noun. ['æsˈbɛstəs'] a fibrous amphibole; used for making fireproof articles; inhaling fibers can cause asbestosis or lung cancer.


  • amphibole
  • tremolite
  • amphibole group


  • abeste (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
  • ἄσβεστος (Ancient Greek (to 1453))

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Rhymes with Asbestos

  • festus

How do you pronounce asbestos?

Pronounce asbestos as æsˈbɛstəs.

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Sentences with asbestos

1. Noun, singular or mass
Knowing where to find asbestos in your home is key in keeping your family as safe as possible.

2. Noun, plural
Treat all disposable clothing and plastic sheets as they were asbestos.

3. Adjective
Cellulose fibers are one of the most popular materials to replace asbestos insulation.

4. Verb, past participle
If the linoleum was installed between the 1920s and 1980s, it might have asbestos in the adhesive.

Quotes about asbestos

1. There was the smell of old books, a smell that has a way of making all libraries seem the same. Some say that smell is asbestos.
- Scott Douglas, Quiet, Please: Dispatches From A Public Librarian