alabaster

[ al-uh-bas-ter, -bah-ster ]
/ ˈæl əˌbæs tər, -ˌbɑ stər /

noun

a finely granular variety of gypsum, often white and translucent, used for ornamental objects or work, such as lamp bases, figurines, etc.
Also called Oriental alabaster. a variety of calcite, often banded, used or sold as alabaster.

adjective Also al·a·bas·trine [al-uh-bas-trin] /ˌæl əˈbæs trɪn/.

made of alabaster: an alabaster column.
resembling alabaster; smooth and white: her alabaster throat.

Origin of alabaster

1350–1400; < Latin < Greek alábastros; replacing Middle English alabastre < Middle French < Latin
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alabaster

/ (ˈæləˌbɑːstə, -ˌbæstə) /

noun

a fine-grained usually white, opaque, or translucent variety of gypsum used for statues, vases, etc
a variety of hard semitranslucent calcite, often banded like marble

adjective

of or resembling alabaster

Derived Forms

alabastrine, adjective

Word Origin for alabaster

C14: from Old French alabastre, from Latin alabaster, from Greek alabastros
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