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jasper

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[ jas-per ]
/ ˈdʒæs pər /
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noun

a compact, opaque, cryptocrystalline variety of quartz, usually colored red: often used in decorative carvings.
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 jasper

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

Definition for jasper (2 of 3)

jasper2
[ jas-per ]
/ ˈdʒæs pər /

noun Older Slang.

a fellow; guy.

Origin of jasper

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

Definition for jasper (3 of 3)

Jasper
[ jas-per ]
/ ˈdʒæs pər /

noun

a city in NW Alabama.
a resort town in SW Alberta, in SW Canada, on the Athabasca River: headquarters for Jasper National Park.
a male given name, form of Caspar.
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British Dictionary definitions for jasper

jasper
/ (ˈdʒæspə) /

noun

an opaque impure microcrystalline form of quartz, red, yellow, brown, or dark green in colour, used as a gemstone and for ornamental decoration
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
C14: from Old French jaspe, from Latin jaspis, from Greek iaspis, of Semitic origin; related to Assyrian ashpū, Arabic yashb, Hebrew yāshpheh
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Scientific definitions for jasper

jasper
[ jăspər ]

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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