asper

1
[ as-per ]
/ ˈæs pər /

noun

a former silver coin of Turkey and Egypt: later a money of account equal to 1/120 of a piaster.

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Origin of asper

1
1580–90; < Italian aspero < Medieval Greek áspron literally, white coin, noun use of neuter of áspros white

Definition for asper (2 of 3)

asper2
[ as-per ]
/ ˈæs pər /

adjective Obsolete.

harsh; rough.

Origin of asper

2
1325–75; < Latin: rough; replacing Middle English aspre < Middle French

Definition for asper (3 of 3)

asp2
[ 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
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British Dictionary definitions for asper (1 of 3)

asper
/ (ˈæspə) /

noun

a former Turkish monetary unit, a silver coin, worth 1/120 of a piastre

Word Origin for asper

from Turkish, ultimately from Latin: rough, harsh

British Dictionary definitions for asper (2 of 3)

asp1
/ (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 asper (3 of 3)

asp2
/ (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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Medical definitions for asper

Asp

abbr.

aspartic acid
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