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English definition of “asbestos”

asbestos

noun [U] uk   /æsˈbes.tɒs/ us    /-tɑːs/
a soft, greyish-white material that does not burn, used especially in the past in buildings, clothing, etc. as a protection against fire and as a form of insulation (= a way of stopping heat from escaping)
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