EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun a former silver coin of Turkey and Egypt: later a money of account equal to 1/120 of a piaster. Origin of asper 1 1580–90; < Italian aspero < Medieval Greek áspron literally, white coin, noun use of neuter of áspros white Origin of asper 2 1325–75; < Latin: rough; replacing Middle English aspre < Middle French Origin of asp 2 before 900; Middle English aspe, apse, Old English æsp(e
); cognate with
Middle Low German aspe, Old High German aspa
with altered vowel <
Old High German
Old Norse ǫsp;
Latvian apse, Russian osína, Czech osika
North European Indo-European *aps-.
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Examples from the Web for asper Historical Examples of asper
asper, Brachypodium sylvaticum and Lagurus also come here.
There it lay in a bend of the
Asper in the low-lands, and every town where men lived was an enemy.
Ride south till you get in the hills on a bee-line east of where Tucker Creek runs into the old
The chairs and carpets are covered, but the corners are turned up that
Asper may admire their beauty and texture.
Thus the usual Telugu marriage post, but made of Streblus
asper wood, is set up, and nine kinds of grain are placed near it. British Dictionary definitions for asper noun a former Turkish monetary unit, a silver coin, worth of a piastre 1/ 120 Word Origin for asper
from Turkish, ultimately from Latin: rough, harsh
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 death See 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 Word Origin for asp
C15: from Latin
aspis, from Greek noun an archaic name for the aspen Word Origin for asp
æspe; related to Old Norse ösp, Old High German aspa
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Word Origin and History for asper 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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