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    Word Matrix: Talc

    Talc Word Matrix

    <talc>
    from Middle French talc, probably from Spanish talco and Medieval Latin talcus,
    also talcum “talc” from Arabic talq, from Persian talk “talc”

    (Note: One English spelling rule is to add a k when affixing a suffix that begins with an e, i, or y to a word that ends in c to preserve the /k/ sound. For example, picnic becomes picnicking and panic becomes panicked. However, because talc comes from Arabic, the rules need not apply. Nevertheless, both c and ck forms are attested.)

    Word Sums

    Talc
    Talc + s = talcs
    Talc + ed = talced OR talcked
    Talc + ing = talcing OR talcking
    Talc + um = talcum
    Talc + um + s = talcums
    Talc + um + ed = talcumed
    Talc + um + ing = talcuming
    Talc + y = talcy OR talcky
    Talc + y + er = talcier OR talckier
    Talc + y + est = talciest OR talckiest
    Talc + ous = talcous
    Talc + ose = talcose
    Talc + osis = talcosis
    Talc + oses= talcoses
    Talc + o + id = talcoid

    Morphemes

    talc: (noun) soft green-to-gray mineral, hydrous magnesium silicate
    -s/-es: forming plural of noun
    -s: forming third person singular of verbs
    -ed: forming simple past and past participle of weak verb
    -ing: forming present participle of verb
    -er: forming comparative of adjective
    -est: forming superlative of adjective

    -es: plural of -is
    -id: forming an adjective
    -is: Hellenic suffix, present in English but not productive
    -o-: connecting vowel
    -oid: word-forming element meaning “like, like that of” [o + id]
    -ose: used to form the names of sugars
    -oses: plural of -osis
    -osis: denoting a pathology or disease
    -ous: characterized by, of the nature of [from Anglo-Norman French, or Old French -eus, from Latin -osus]
    -um: word-forming element in chemistry, used to coin element names, from Latin adjectival suffix -um (neuter of -us)
    -y: full of, having the quality of

    Definitions

    talc: (noun) soft green-to-gray mineral, hydrous magnesium silicate, (verb) to apply talc to
    talcs: plural of talc, third person singular of talc
    talced: simple past and past participle of talc
    talcked: variation of talced
    talcing: present participle of talc
    talcking: variation of talcing
    talcum: (noun) cosmetic and typically perfumed preparation consisting of the mineral talc in powdered form, (verb) to powder with talcum
    talcums: plural of talcum, third person singular of talcum
    talcumed: simple past and past participle of talcum
    talcuming: present participle of talcum
    talcy: (adjective) of or relating to talc, composed of or resembling talc
    talcky: variation of talcy
    talcier: comparative form of talcy
    talckier: variation of talcier
    talciest: superlative form of talcy
    talckiest: variation of talciest
    talcous: (adjective) composed of or resembling talc
    talcose: (adjective) of or relating to talc, consisting largely of the mineral talc
    talcosis: (noun) pulmonary disorder caused by talc
    talcoses: plural of talcosis
    talcoid: pertaining to, resembling, or characterized by the presence of talc

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