Definition of pumice in English:


Pronunciation /ˈpəməs/

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  • 1A very light and porous volcanic rock formed when a gas-rich froth of glassy lava solidifies rapidly.

    ‘Coarser fractions additionally contain volcanic clasts of vesicular and porphyritic lava, tuff and pumice.’
    • ‘These range from skarns resulting from proximity to felsic intrusive igneous activity to altered limestone volcanic ejecta associated with pumice and other pyroclastic materials.’
    • ‘After that the abuse rained down continually upon the hapless Mr O'Brien, like rocks and pumice from a spluttering volcano.’
    • ‘The tracks are impressed on a volcanic pyroclastic flow (ash, pumice, and rock fragments) deposit and buried under volcanic ash.’
    • ‘We were told at the ‘visitor centre’ that Mt. St. Helens had a ‘Pyroclastic flow’, which is an eruption of volcanic ash and pumice as opposed to molten lava.’
    • ‘The substances known as Pelée's hair and pumice are also grouped with pyroclastic and volcaniclastic rocks.’
    • ‘Pompeii was buried - although not, as we now know, destroyed - when the nearby, supposedly extinct, volcano Vesuvius erupted in AD 79, covering the town and its inhabitants in many tons of pumice and volcanic ash.’
    • ‘Kerguelen presented all over the same dreary and desolate appearance, hills and more hills of volcanic pumice, all covered in snow and with a heavy fog that hung continually over the island so that the interior was always obscured.’
    • ‘In a Minoan house they found these whole vases, cracked from the volcanic pumice and ash.’
    • ‘Aquatic animals have long used wood, pumice from volcanic eruptions, coconut shells, and the like as mobile homes for transport.’
    • ‘There was something strangely soothing about having my Aveda Himalayan treatment in a small cave with walls as porous as pumice and pitted as a peach stone.’
    • ‘About 27 million years ago, in what is now the southeastern corner of Arizona, a volcano spewed out vast amounts of hot ash and pumice that fused into a 2,000-foot layer of rock known as rhyolitic tuff.’
    • ‘Ash was now falling on to the ships, darker and denser the closer they went, together with pieces of pumice and rocks that were blackened and shattered by fire.’
    • ‘Rich in pumice, ash, and tuff deposits, the conical formations are the products of explosive volcanic eruptions that occurred between 6 and 7 million years ago.’
    • ‘Shell, pumice, stucco, and marble formed the basic materials, but gradually glass was incorporated also.’
    • ‘We're up on the Plains of Abraham now, a wild, desolate section of pumice through which the trail winds for three miles, slipping through eroded stream beds and across a landscape so stark it makes the moon look lush.’
    • ‘I went swimming in Lipari; one side of the island is a mountain of pumice.’
    • ‘He was faced with a monolithic obelisk of pumice with long turquoise strips running along it vertically, the area around it devoid of any tombstones.’
    • ‘The memorable image of Pliny's ships unable to row through a sea filled with floating pumice, brings home the true predicament in which even the most powerful found themselves.’
    • ‘The surface was rough behind my back, like sharp-edged pumice.’
    1. 1.1A piece of porous volcanic rock or a similar substance used as an abrasive, especially for removing hard or callused skin.
      ‘Use foot file instead of hard pumice stone to remove dead skin which can lead to painful skin irritation.’
      • ‘This is an ideal opportunity to check your feet for any dry skin; it will be easily removed with a normal pumice stone you can purchase from the chemist.’
      • ‘‘If you use a pumice stone to remove calluses, do so gently and just enough to flake off the dead skin,’ Rosenthal warns.’
      • ‘Her kit includes a cream to exfoliate thickened skin, a pumice stone to smooth calluses, a mask to remove oils and impurities, a copper-based cream to hydrate and a nail rejuvenator to improve discolored toenails.’
      • ‘As well, filing the dead skin off your feet with a pumice stone after you come out of the shower will make the skin softer if you do it consistently.’
      • ‘Rub dead skin off once a week with a pumice stone or emery board.’
      • ‘Oh, and a pumice stone for scaly feet, if they were really conscientious.’
      • ‘I imagine I have rough skin on my heels, as I have never taken a pumice stone to them.’
      • ‘A pumice stone is the best exfoliator, or you can make your own scrub by mixing Epsom salts with a scented oil.’
      • ‘Patients who present with diffuse hyperkeratotic lesions that are not painful may be advised to use a pumice stone to reduce the lesion after first soaking the foot in warm water.’
      • ‘Needless to say my hands were the most beautiful shade of turquoise - even after an eternity of scrubbing with a pumice stone and various caustic chemicals.’
      • ‘If the white vinegar does not dissolve the whole ring, go to a janitorial supply store or a hardware store and purchase a pumice stone and a stiff toothbrush.’
      • ‘A pumice stone or emery board was used to debride the lesions.’
      • ‘Dry your feet and gently buff rough areas with a pumice stone.’
      • ‘Show your feet some love by using a pumice stone in the shower.’
      • ‘Hamilton recommends that dancers soak their feet in the bathtub every two weeks and rub the calluses down with a pumice stone.’
      • ‘Each evening you should rub the wart with a pumice stone or emery board.’
      • ‘Using a pumice stone, she scraped off the dirt, and once she was done her skin was soft and pink as a baby's.’
      • ‘If problems persist, contact a podiatrist who can sand problem areas with a pumice stone.’
      • ‘If dead skin builds up around the wart, it might help to trim it away or rub it down gently with a pumice stone.’

transitive verb

[with object]
  • Rub with pumice to smooth or clean.

    ‘By ignoring that, you come up with something prettied up, pumiced, and packaged.’
    • ‘If they're calloused, does she pumice them and slather them in lotion to make them soft and resilient again?’
    • ‘Shave your legs (if your mom lets you), and pumice the soles of your feet really well, too.’
    • ‘Your favourite shirt might be fuchsia, or you might have a tendency to file your nails and pumice your feet while you're in the bath.’
    • ‘My heel skin is in need of a bit of pumicing, but these sandals don't show heel anyway.’


Late Middle English from Old French pomis, from a Latin dialect variant of pumex, pumic-. Compare with pounce.