- a former silver coin of Turkey and Egypt: later a money of account equal to 1/120 of a piaster.
Origin of asper1
1580–90; < Italian aspero < Medieval Greek áspron literally, white coin, noun use of neuter of áspros white
- harsh; rough.
Origin of asper2
1325–75; < Latin: rough; replacing Middle English aspre < Middle French
Origin of asp2
before 900; Middle English aspe, apse, Old English æsp(e), æps(e); cognate with Middle Low German aspe, Old High German aspa (German Espe, with altered vowel < Old High German adj. espîn), Old Norse ǫsp; akin to Latvian apse, Russian osína, Czech osika < North European Indo-European *aps-. See aspen
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Examples from the Web for asper
Bromus asper, Brachypodium sylvaticum and Lagurus also come here.Grasses
H. Marshall Ward
There it lay in a bend of the Asper in the low-lands, and every town where men lived was an enemy.
Ride south till you get in the hills on a bee-line east of where Tucker Creek runs into the old Asper.
The chairs and carpets are covered, but the corners are turned up that Asper may admire their beauty and texture.
Thus the usual Telugu marriage post, but made of Streblus asper wood, is set up, and nine kinds of grain are placed near it.Castes and Tribes of Southern India
- a former Turkish monetary unit, a silver coin, worth 1/120 of a piastre
from Turkish, ultimately from Latin: rough, harsh
- the venomous snake, probably Naja haje (Egyptian cobra), that caused the death of Cleopatra and was formerly used by the Pharaohs as a symbol of their power over life and deathSee also uraeus
- Also called: asp viper a viper, Vipera aspis, that occurs in S Europe and is very similar to but smaller than the adder
- horned asp another name for horned viper
C15: from Latin aspis, from Greek
- an archaic name for the aspen
Old English æspe; related to Old Norse ösp, Old High German aspa
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Word Origin and History for asper
poisonous snake, 1520s, earlier aspis (mid-14c.), from Old French aspe (13c.) or directly from Latin aspidem (nominative aspis), from Greek aspis "shield;" the serpent so called probably in reference to its neck hood.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- aspartic acid
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