asp

1
[asp]

noun

any of several venomous snakes, especially the Egyptian cobra or the horned viper.
Archaeology. uraeus.

Origin of asp

1
1300–50; back formation from Middle English aspis (taken as plural) < Latin < Greek aspís orig., shield
Related formsasp·ish, adjective

asp

2
[asp]

noun, adjective

Origin of asp

2
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

Asp

Biochemistry.

aspartic acid.

ASP

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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asp

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noun

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

Word Origin for asp

C15: from Latin aspis, from Greek

asp

2

noun

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
n.

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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asp in Medicine

Asp

abbr.

aspartic acid
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