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pumice (n.)

"type of volcanic rock having a loose or cellular structure," formerly used to smooth parchment or vellum, c. 1400, pomis, from Anglo-French and Old French pomis (13c.), from Late Latin pomicem (nominative pomex, genitive pumicis), from Oscan *poimex or some other dialectal variant of Latin pumex "pumice." This word is from PIE *(s)poi-mo-, a root with connotations of "foam, froth" (see foam (n.)), perhaps because pumice resembled a sort of fossilized foam.

With a wide variety of forms in Middle English, including pumish, pumey. Old English had pumic-stan. As a verb, "to polish or smooth with pumice," early 15c., from the noun.

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Definitions of pumice from WordNet
1
pumice (v.)
rub with pumice, in order to clean or to smoothen;
2
pumice (n.)
a light glass formed on the surface of some lavas; used as an abrasive;
Synonyms: pumice stone
From wordnet.princeton.edu