asp

1
[ asp ]
/ æsp /

noun

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

Nearby words

  1. asocial,
  2. asoka,
  3. asomatous,
  4. asonia,
  5. asosan,
  6. asparaginase,
  7. asparagine,
  8. asparaginic acid,
  9. asparagus,
  10. asparagus bean

Origin of asp

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1300–50; back formation from Middle English aspis (taken as plural) < Latin < Greek aspís orig., shield

Related formsasp·ish, adjective

asp

2
[ asp ]
/ æsp /

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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British Dictionary definitions for asp

asp

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/ (æsp) /

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

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

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for asp

Asp

abbr.

aspartic acid

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