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A former brand name for a fibrous variety of talc (hydrated Magnesium silicate) that was used in paper coatings. Agalite produced a dense, highly polished paper. The soapstone mineral is mined in New Jersey. Other similar minerals, such as Talc and Asbestine, have also been called agalite.

Synonyms and Related Terms

Agalit (Deut.)

Resources and Citations

  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 794
  • Matt Roberts, Don Etherington, Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books: a Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington DC, 1982
  • The Dictionary of Paper, American Paper Institute, New York, Fourth Edition, 1980
  • E.J.LaBarre, Dictionary and Encyclopedia of Paper and Paper-making, Swets & Zeitlinger, Amsterdam, 1969

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