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Word Matrix: Talc

Talc Word Matrix

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 + 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


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


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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