What does the word asbestos mean?

Usage examples for asbestos

  1. All about them boys were running with red hot bottles on big asbestos shovels. – Calvary Alley by Alice Hegan Rice
  2. Put all in a preserving kettle, set it upon an asbestos mat over a slow fire, and cook gently for several hours, stirring so it shall not scorch. – Dishes & Beverages of the Old South by Martha McCulloch Williams
  3. Iron, lead, coal, asbestos, oil and salt have been found in abundance, and some silver. – Modern India by William Eleroy Curtis