- any of several venomous snakes, especially the Egyptian cobra or the horned viper.
- Archaeology. uraeus.
Origin of asp1
1300–50; back formation from Middle English aspis (taken as plural) < Latin < Greek aspís orig., shield
Origin of asp2
before 900; Middle English aspe, apse, Old English æsp(e), æps(e); cognate with Middle Low German aspe, Old High German aspa (German Espe, with altered vowel < Old High German adj. espîn), Old Norse ǫsp; akin to Latvian apse, Russian osína, Czech osika < North European Indo-European *aps-. See aspen
- aspartic acid.
- 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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Examples from the Web for asp
Fierce is the dragon and cunning the asp; but woman has the malice of both.The Necessity of Atheism
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Woodmen always call the aspen the 'asp,' dropping the termination.Round About a Great Estate
After that he was to be ready with the asp in the fish-market every day.
Cleopatra was aware of this, and begged Charmian to remember the asp.
The asp was worshipped by the Egyptians under the name of urus.
- 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
- horned asp another name for horned viper
C15: from Latin aspis, from Greek
- an archaic name for the aspen
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- aspartic acid
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