- a compact, opaque, cryptocrystalline variety of quartz, usually colored red: often used in decorative carvings.
- 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
- a fellow; guy.
Origin of jasper2
- a city in NW Alabama.
- a resort town in SW Alberta, in SW Canada, on the Athabasca River: headquarters for Jasper National Park.
- a male given name, form of Caspar.
Examples from the Web for jasper
Tim Krul, the substitute goalie, seemed a good foot taller than Jasper Cillessen, the man he replaced, and much the more daunting.Costa Rica vs. the Netherlands: A Tale of Two Goalies
July 5, 2014
Jasper Johns stands tall like a figure from The Great Gatsby in a casual suit.Dennis Hopper: The Missing Years
June 25, 2014
Jasper Johns: Regrets is on display at the Museum of Modern Art in New York until September 1, 2014.Jasper Johns: The Secrets of a Master at Work
March 15, 2014
“A growl and a shake,” the attorney, Jasper Monti, tells The Daily Beast.Woman Bites Her Dog, Illinois Police Say, Charging Analise Garner With the Assault
May 1, 2012
One justification is that Jasper Newton “Jack” Daniel was the real deal.Jack and Jill: Cocktails Inspired From Film
November 12, 2011
The old snapshot of the year before, which Jasper had taken?
All these things Uncle Jasper had taught Andrew long and long before.
But suppose I don't know anything except you're Jasper's nephew?
It was a sight to talk about to watch Jasper, and I'm thinkin' you could go him one better.
But on the first two and greatest articles of his creed, how Jasper labored!
- an opaque impure microcrystalline form of quartz, red, yellow, brown, or dark green in colour, used as a gemstone and for ornamental decoration
- 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 and History for jasper
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).
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."
- 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.