meaning of alabaster

alabaster meaning in General Dictionary

A compact variety or sulphate of lime or gypsum of good texture and in most cases white and translucent but often yellow-red or gray It is created into vases mantel ornaments etc

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  • of or resembling alabaster
  • a tough compact types of calcite
  • a tight fine-textured, frequently white gypsum useful for carving
  • a very light white
  • A compact variety or sulphate of lime, or gypsum, of good texture, and often white and clear, but occasionally yellow, purple, or grey. Its carved into vases, mantel ornaments, etc.
  • a tough, small number of carbonate of lime, notably translucent, or of banded shades of shade; stalagmite. Title is employed in this good sense by Pliny. It is occasionally distinguished as oriental alabaster.
  • a package or vessel for holding odoriferous ointments, etc.; -- so-called from rock that it had been initially made.

alabaster meaning in Etymology Dictionary

clear whitish sorts of gypsum useful for vases, ornaments, and busts, late 14c., from Old French alabastre (12c., contemporary French alb


alabaster - German to English

alabaster


alabaster meaning in General Dictionary

(letter.) A tight variety or sulphate of lime, or gypsum, of good texture, and usually white and clear, but sometimes yellow, red, or grey. It is carved into vases, mantel ornaments, etc.

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  • (letter.) A tough, small selection of carbonate of lime, somewhat translucent, or of banded shades of color; stalagmite. Title can be used within sense by Pliny. It really is occasionally distinguished as oriental alabaster.
  • (letter.) A box or vessel for holding odoriferous creams, etc.; -- so named from rock which it was initially made.

Sentence Examples with the word alabaster

To his reign must belong the famous quadrilingual alabaster vases from Egypt (on which his name is written in Persian, Susian and Babylonian cuneiform characters and in hieroglyphics), for Artaxerxes II.

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