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[al-uh-bas-tron, -truh n, -bah-stron, -struh n]
noun, plural al·a·bas·tra [al-uh-bas-truh, -bah-struh] /ˌæl əˈbæs trə, -ˈbɑ strə/, al·a·bas·trons. Greek and Roman Antiquity.
  1. a jar characteristically having an elongated shape, narrow neck, flat-rimmed mouth, and rounded base requiring a stand or support, chiefly used for fragrant ointments.
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Origin of alabastron

First recorded in 1840–50, alabastron is from the Greek word alábastron alabaster vase
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Historical Examples

  • The pyxis was used by women at their toilet, and the lekythos, alabastron and askos for oil and unguents.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 6