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alabaster

[al-uh-bas-ter, -bah-ster] /ˈæl əˌbæs tər, -ˌbɑ stər/
noun
1.
a finely granular variety of gypsum, often white and translucent, used for ornamental objects or work, such as lamp bases, figurines, etc.
2.
Also called Oriental alabaster. a variety of calcite, often banded, used or sold as alabaster.
adjective, Also, alabastrine
[al-uh-bas-trin] /ˌæl əˈbæs trɪn/ (Show IPA)
3.
made of alabaster:
an alabaster column.
4.
resembling alabaster; smooth and white:
her alabaster throat.
Origin of alabaster
1350-1400
1350-1400; < Latin < Greek alábastros; replacing Middle English alabastre < Middle French < Latin
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British Dictionary definitions for alabastrine

alabaster

/ˈæləˌbɑːstə; -ˌbæstə/
noun
1.
a fine-grained usually white, opaque, or translucent variety of gypsum used for statues, vases, etc
2.
a variety of hard semitranslucent calcite, often banded like marble
adjective
3.
of or resembling alabaster
Derived Forms
alabastrine, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Old French alabastre, from Latin alabaster, from Greek alabastros
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Word Origin and History for alabastrine
adj.

1590s, from Medieval Latin alabastrinus, from alabaster (see alabaster).

alabaster

n.

translucent whitish kind of gypsum used for vases, ornaments, and busts, late 14c., from Old French alabastre (12c., Modern French albâtre), from Latin alabaster "colored rock used to make boxes and vessels for unguents," from Greek alabastros (earlier albatos) "vase for perfumes," perhaps from Egyptian 'a-labaste "vessel of the goddess Bast." Used figuratively for whiteness and smoothness from 1570s. "The spelling in 16-17th c. is almost always alablaster ..." [OED].

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