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jasper1

[jas-per] /ˈdʒæs pər/
noun
1.
a compact, opaque, cryptocrystalline variety of quartz, usually colored red: often used in decorative carvings.
2.
Also called jasper ware, cameo ware. a fine, hard stoneware introduced c1775 by Wedgwood, stained various colors by metallic oxides, with raised designs in white.
Origin of jasper1
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English jaspe, jaspre < Middle French; Old French jaspe < Latin iaspis < Greek iáspis < Semitic; compare Arabic yashb

jasper2

[jas-per] /ˈdʒæs pər/
noun, Older Slang.
1.
a fellow; guy.
Origin
1895-1900, Americanism; special use of proper name Jasper

Jasper

[jas-per] /ˈdʒæs pər/
noun
1.
a city in NW Alabama.
2.
a resort town in SW Alberta, in SW Canada, on the Athabasca River: headquarters for Jasper National Park.
3.
a male given name, form of Caspar.
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  • The old snapshot of the year before, which jasper had taken?

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  • All these things Uncle jasper had taught Andrew long and long before.

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  • But suppose I don't know anything except you're jasper's nephew?

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  • It was a sight to talk about to watch jasper, and I'm thinkin' you could go him one better.

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  • But on the first two and greatest articles of his creed, how jasper labored!

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British Dictionary definitions for jasper

jasper

/ˈdʒæspə/
noun
1.
an opaque impure microcrystalline form of quartz, red, yellow, brown, or dark green in colour, used as a gemstone and for ornamental decoration
2.
Also called jasper ware. a dense hard stoneware, invented in 1775 by Wedgwood, capable of being stained throughout its substance with metallic oxides and used as background for applied classical decoration
Word Origin
C14: from Old French jaspe, from Latin jaspis, from Greek iaspis, of Semitic origin; related to Assyrian ashpū, Arabic yashb, Hebrew yāshpheh
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Word Origin and History for jasper
n.

precious stone, c.1300, from Anglo-French jaspre, Old French jaspre, jaspe, from Latin iaspidem (nominative iaspis), from Greek iaspis "jasper," via an Oriental language (cf. Hebrew yashpeh, Akkadian yashupu).

Jasper

masc. proper name, English form of Caspar or of Gaspar, the traditional name of one of the Three Kings. Said by Klein to be of Persian origin and meaning literally "treasure-holder." Used from 1896 for "a rustic simpleton."

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jasper in Science
jasper
  (jās'pər)   
A reddish, brown, or yellow variety of chert. Jasper usually occurs in association with iron ores and contains iron impurities that give it its color.
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Slang definitions & phrases for jasper

jasper

noun

  1. A fellow; man; guy: two jaspers with a grudge
  2. A rustic; hick (1914+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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