A fibrous mineral, found in large quantities in Corsica. It is also procured from Savoy, France, Scotland, Sweden, and other places, but is nowhere so abundant as in Corsica. The fibres of asbestos were formerly manufactured into cloth, which was employed in wrapping the dead body intended to be burned; the asbestos being incombustible by fire of the ordinary kind, the ashes of the corpse were thus preserved distinct. Napkins were also made of it, which were cleansed, after use, by burning instead of washing. Wicks of lamps were also made of this material, and are now, in some cases, used with advantage. The art of making the cloth of asbestos seems to have been entirely lost during the middle ages. The Chevalier Aldini has, however, by the agency of steam, succeeded in rendering the tough and brittle fibres sufficiently pliable for weaving into cloth, and exhibited in London gloves, caps, and other parts of dress made of asbestos, which, as being incombustible, and a very bad conductor of heat, he proposed should be worn by firemen.