asp

1
[ asp ]
/ æsp /

noun

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

Origin of asp

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

Related forms

asp·ish, adjective

Definition for asp (2 of 4)

asp

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[ asp ]
/ æsp /

noun, adjective


Origin of asp

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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

Definition for asp (3 of 4)

Asp

Biochemistry.

aspartic acid.

Definition for asp (4 of 4)

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 (1 of 2)

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

British Dictionary definitions for asp (2 of 2)

asp

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/ (æsp) /

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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Medicine definitions for asp

Asp

abbr.

aspartic acid

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