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  1. a compact, opaque, cryptocrystalline variety of quartz, usually colored red: often used in decorative carvings.
  2. Also called jasper ware, cameo ware. a fine, hard stoneware introduced c1775 by Wedgwood, stained various colors by metallic oxides, with raised designs in white.
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Origin of jasper1

1300–50; Middle English jaspe, jaspre < Middle French; Old French jaspe < Latin iaspis < Greek iáspis < Semitic; compare Arabic yashb


noun Older Slang.
  1. a fellow; guy.
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Origin of jasper2

1895–1900, Americanism; special use of proper name Jasper


  1. a city in NW Alabama.
  2. a resort town in SW Alberta, in SW Canada, on the Athabasca River: headquarters for Jasper National Park.
  3. a male given name, form of Caspar.
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  • All these things Uncle Jasper had taught Andrew long and long before.

  • The old snapshot of the year before, which Jasper had taken?

  • But suppose I don't know anything except you're Jasper's nephew?

  • It was a sight to talk about to watch Jasper, and I'm thinkin' you could go him one better.

  • All Jasper could see was the body of Andy, and that was much better.

British Dictionary definitions for jasper


  1. an opaque impure microcrystalline form of quartz, red, yellow, brown, or dark green in colour, used as a gemstone and for ornamental decoration
  2. Also called: jasper ware a dense hard stoneware, invented in 1775 by Wedgwood, capable of being stained throughout its substance with metallic oxides and used as background for applied classical decoration
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Word Origin

C14: from Old French jaspe, from Latin jaspis, from Greek iaspis, of Semitic origin; related to Assyrian ashpū, Arabic yashb, Hebrew yāshpheh
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Word Origin and History for jasper


precious stone, c.1300, from Anglo-French jaspre, Old French jaspre, jaspe, from Latin iaspidem (nominative iaspis), from Greek iaspis "jasper," via an Oriental language (cf. Hebrew yashpeh, Akkadian yashupu).

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masc. proper name, English form of Caspar or of Gaspar, the traditional name of one of the Three Kings. Said by Klein to be of Persian origin and meaning literally "treasure-holder." Used from 1896 for "a rustic simpleton."

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jasper in Science


  1. A reddish, brown, or yellow variety of chert. Jasper usually occurs in association with iron ores and contains iron impurities that give it its color.
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