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[al-uh-bas-tron, -truh n, -bah-stron, -struh n] /ˌæl əˈbæs trɒn, -trən, -ˈbɑ strɒn, -strən/
noun, plural alabastra
[al-uh-bas-truh, -bah-struh] /ˌæl əˈbæs trə, -ˈbɑ strə/ (Show IPA),
alabastrons. Greek and Roman Antiquity.
a jar characteristically having an elongated shape, narrow neck, flat-rimmed mouth, and rounded base requiring a stand or support, chiefly used for fragrant ointments.
Compare aryballos, askos, lekythos.
Origin of alabastron
First recorded in 1840-50, alabastron is from the Greek word alábastron alabaster vase Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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