alabaster

[al-uh-bas-ter, -bah-ster]

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.

RELATED WORDS


Nearby words

  1. ala.,
  2. alabama,
  3. alabamian,
  4. alabamine,
  5. alabandite,
  6. alabastos,
  7. alabastrine,
  8. alabastron,
  9. alabastrum,
  10. alacant

Origin of alabaster

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

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British Dictionary definitions for alabastrine

alabaster

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 Formsalabastrine, adjective

Word Origin for alabaster

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

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Word Origin and History for alabastrine
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