aspic

1
[ as-pik ]
/ ˈæs pɪk /

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.

Origin of aspic

1
1780–90; < French; perhaps so called because the form or color resembled those of an asp. See aspic2

Definition for aspic (2 of 3)

aspic

2
[ as-pik ]
/ ˈæs pɪk /

noun

Obsolete. asp1.

Origin of aspic

2
1520–30; < Middle French, perhaps equivalent to Old French asp(e) asp1 + -ic, modeled on Middle French basilique basilisk

Definition for aspic (3 of 3)

aspic

3
[ as-pik ]
/ ˈæs pɪk /

noun

a variety of lavender cultivated for its oil, used in perfumes and toiletries.

Origin of aspic

3
1595–1605; < French; Old French espic < Medieval Latin spīcus spikenard, Latin: variant of spīca, spīcum spike2
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British Dictionary definitions for aspic (1 of 3)

aspic

1
/ (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)

aspic

2
/ (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)

aspic

3
/ (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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