jasper

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[ jas-per ]
/ ˈdʒæs pər /

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.

Nearby words

  1. jasmina,
  2. jasmine,
  3. jasmine rice,
  4. jasmine tea,
  5. jason,
  6. jasper national park,
  7. jasper ware,
  8. jaspers,
  9. jaspers, karl,
  10. jaspery

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

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British Dictionary definitions for jasperware

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

Word Origin for jasper

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 jasperware
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Science definitions for jasperware

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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