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 for asbestos
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Asbestus \As*bes"tus\, Asbestos \As*bes"tos\ (?; 277), n. [L.
     asbestos (NL. asbestus) a kind of mineral unaffected by fire,
     Gr. ? (prop. an adj.) inextinguishable; 'a priv. + ? to
     extinguish.] (Min.)
     A variety of amphibole or of pyroxene, occurring in long and
     delicate fibers, or in fibrous masses or seams, usually of a
     white, gray, or green-gray color. The name is also given to a
     similar variety of serpentine.
     [1913 Webster]
  
     Note: The finer varieties have been wrought into gloves and
           cloth which are incombustible. The cloth was formerly
           used as a shroud for dead bodies, and has been
           recommended for firemen's clothes. Asbestus in also
           employed in the manufacture of iron safes, for
           fireproof roofing, and for lampwicks. Some varieties
           are called amianthus. --Dana.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  asbestos
      n 1: a fibrous amphibole; used for making fireproof articles;
           inhaling fibers can cause asbestosis or lung cancer

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  43 Moby Thesaurus words for "asbestos":
     act drop, amianthus, asbestos board, asbestos curtain, backdrop,
     batten, border, cloth, coulisse, counterweight, curtain,
     curtain board, cyclorama, decor, drop, drop curtain, earth flax,
     fire break, fire curtain, fire line, fire resistance,
     fire retardant, fire wall, fireproofing, flat, flipper, hanging,
     mountain flax, rag, scene, scenery, screen, side scene,
     stage screw, tab, tableau, teaser, tormentor, transformation,
     transformation scene, wing, wingcut, woodcut
  
  

From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  asbestos
   adj.
  
      [common] Used as a modifier to anything intended to protect one from flame
      s; also in other highly flame-suggestive usages. See, for example, {
      asbestos longjohns and asbestos cork award.
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

  asbestos
  
      Used as a modifier to anything intended to protect
     one from flames; also in other highly flame-suggestive
     usages.  E.g., asbestos longjohns, asbestos cork award.
  
     [{Jargon File]
  
     (1996-02-06)
  

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