adjective Also al·a·bas·trine [al-uh-bas-trin] /ˌæl əˈbæs trɪn/.
Origin of alabaster
Examples from the Web for alabaster
But the colonel, having been weeks in prison, was as pale as alabaster and his hair shone like threads of silver.The Adventures of Kathlyn|Harold MacGrath
The brick walls are burnt red, and many of the alabaster vases are almost calcined.History Of Egypt, Chalda, Syria, Babylonia, And Assyria In The Light Of Recent Discovery|L.W. King and H.R. Hall
In the vicinity there were no quarries of alabaster, or of limestone, such as existed near Nineveh.Museum of Antiquity|L. W. Yaggy
Her face, her form, her auburn ringlets, falling over a neck of alabaster!
The statues are peculiarly impressive, and sleep on high sepulchres of alabaster, beautifully chased.Spanish Vistas|George Parsons Lathrop
Word Origin for alabaster
translucent whitish kind of gypsum used for vases, ornaments, and busts, late 14c., from Old French alabastre (12c., Modern French albâtre), from Latin alabaster "colored rock used to make boxes and vessels for unguents," from Greek alabastros (earlier albatos) "vase for perfumes," perhaps from Egyptian 'a-labaste "vessel of the goddess Bast." Used figuratively for whiteness and smoothness from 1570s. "The spelling in 16-17th c. is almost always alablaster ..." [OED].