any of several venomous snakes, especially the Egyptian cobra or the horned viper.
Origin of asp1
1300–50; back formation from Middle English aspis (taken as plural) < Latin < Greek aspís orig., shieldRelated formsasp·ish, adjective
Origin of asp2
before 900; Middle English aspe, apse, Old English æsp(e
); cognate with Middle Low German aspe, Old High German aspa
with altered vowel < Old High German
), Old Norse ǫsp;
akin to Latvian apse, Russian osína, Czech osika
< North European Indo-European *aps-.
American selling price.
Computers. application service provider: a company that gives individuals or businesses access through the Internet to specialized software applications and other computer-related services.
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British Dictionary definitions for asp
the venomous snake, probably Naja haje (Egyptian cobra), that caused the death of Cleopatra and was formerly used by the Pharaohs as a symbol of their power over life and deathSee also uraeus
Also called: asp viper a viper, Vipera aspis, that occurs in S Europe and is very similar to but smaller than the adder
Word Origin for asp
C15: from Latin aspis, from Greek
an archaic name for the aspen
Word Origin for asp
Old English æspe; related to Old Norse ösp, Old High German aspa
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Word Origin and History for asp
poisonous snake, 1520s, earlier aspis (mid-14c.), from Old French aspe (13c.) or directly from Latin aspidem (nominative aspis), from Greek aspis "shield;" the serpent so called probably in reference to its neck hood.
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