asper

1
[as-per]
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noun

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

Nearby words

  1. aspect ratio,
  2. aspectant,
  3. aspectual,
  4. aspen,
  5. aspen hill,
  6. asperate,
  7. asperation,
  8. asperger syndrome,
  9. asperger's syndrome,
  10. asperges

Origin of asper

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

asper

2
[as-per]

adjective Obsolete.

harsh; rough.

Origin of asper

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

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

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British Dictionary definitions for asper

asper

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

asp

1

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 asper

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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Medicine definitions for asper

Asp

abbr.

aspartic acid

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