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aspic

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[ as-pik ]
/ ˈæs pɪk /
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Definition of aspic

noun
a savory jelly usually made with meat or fish stock and gelatin, chilled and used as a garnish and coating for meats, seafoods, eggs, etc.
a similar jelly made with spiced tomato juice and gelatin, served as a salad.
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Origin of aspic

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First recorded in 1780–90; from French; perhaps so called because the form or color resembled those of an asp, or because the jelly was as cold as an asp; see aspic2

Other definitions for aspic (2 of 3)

aspic2
[ as-pik ]
/ ˈæs pɪk /

noun
Obsolete. asp1 (def. 1).

Origin of aspic

2
First recorded in 1520–30; from French, from Provençal aspic, alteration of Latin aspid- (stem of aspis ) “asp,” from Greek aspíd- (stem of aspís) “Egyptian cobra,” literally, “shield,” possibly so called from the shieldlike appearance of the cobra's head when it attacks; see also asp1

Other definitions for aspic (3 of 3)

aspic3
[ as-pik ]
/ ˈæs pɪk /

noun
a variety of lavender (Lavandula spica) cultivated for its oil, used in perfumes and toiletries.
Also called lavender aspic, aspic lavender, lavender spike, spike lavender .

Origin of aspic

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First recorded in 1595–1605; from French (huile d') aspic, for (huile de) spic “(oil of) lavender spike,” from Old French espic “spike lavender,” originally “spikenard,” from Medieval Latin spīcus “spikenard,” from Latin: variant of spīca, spīcum spike2
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British Dictionary definitions for aspic (1 of 3)

aspic1
/ (ˈæspɪk) /

noun
a savoury jelly based on meat or fish stock, used as a relish or as a mould for meat, vegetables, etc

Word Origin for aspic

C18: from French: aspic (jelly), asp 1; variously explained as referring to its colour or coldness as compared to that of the snake

British Dictionary definitions for aspic (2 of 3)

aspic2
/ (ˈæspɪk) /

noun
an archaic word for asp 1

Word Origin for aspic

C17: from French, from Old Provençal espic spike, from Latin spīca, head (of flower); compare spikenard

British Dictionary definitions for aspic (3 of 3)

aspic3
/ (ˈæspɪk) /

noun
either of two species of lavender, Lavandula spica or L. latifolia, that yield an oil used in perfumery: family Lamiaceae (labiates)

Word Origin for aspic

C16: from Old French, a variant of aspe asp ²
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