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asper1

[as-per] /ˈæs pər/
noun
1.
a former silver coin of Turkey and Egypt: later a money of account equal to 1/120 of a piaster.
Origin of asper1
1580-1590
1580-90; < Italian aspero < Medieval Greek áspron literally, white coin, noun use of neuter of áspros white

asper2

[as-per] /ˈæs pər/
adjective, Obsolete.
1.
harsh; rough.
Origin
1325-75; < Latin: rough; replacing Middle English aspre < Middle French

asp2

[asp] /æsp/
noun, adjective
1.
Origin
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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asper

/ˈæspə/
noun
1.
a former Turkish monetary unit, a silver coin, worth 1/120 of a piastre
Word Origin
from Turkish, ultimately from Latin: rough, harsh

asp1

/æsp/
noun
1.
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 death See also uraeus
2.
Also called asp viper. a viper, Vipera aspis, that occurs in S Europe and is very similar to but smaller than the adder
3.
horned asp, another name for horned viper
Word Origin
C15: from Latin aspis, from Greek

asp2

/æsp/
noun
1.
an archaic name for the aspen
Word Origin
Old English æspe; related to Old Norse ösp, Old High German aspa
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Word Origin and History for asper

asp

n.

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.

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asper in Medicine

Asp abbr.
aspartic acid

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