- The definition of alabaster is a hard mineral, white in color, smooth to the touch and thin enough to see through.
- An example of something alabaster are medieval church windows in Italy, which used this hard calcite by cutting it into thin sheets to create beautiful windows.
- An example of something alabaster are creamy white busts carved from the stone.
A vase made from alabaster.
- a translucent, whitish, fine-grained variety of gypsum, used for statues, vases, etc.
- a variety of calcite found esp. in stalactites and stalagmites: it is sometimes streaked or mottled like marble
Origin of alabasterMiddle English ; from Old French alabastre ; from Classical Latin alabaster ; from Classical Greek alabastros, earlier alabastos, vase for perfumes (often made of alabaster), probably ; from Egyptian an unverified form ʼa-labaste, vessel of (the goddess) Bast
- A dense, translucent, white or tinted fine-grained gypsum.
- A variety of hard calcite, translucent and sometimes banded.
- A pale yellowish pink to yellowish gray.
Origin of alabasterMiddle English alabastre, from Old French, from Latin alabaster, from Greek alabastros, alabastos, possibly of Egyptian origin.
(usually uncountable, plural alabasters)
- Made of alabaster
- The crown is stored in an alabaster box with an onyx handle and a gold lock.
- Resembling alabaster: white, pale, translucent.
- An ominous alabaster fog settled in the valley.
From Old French alabastre, from Latin alabaster (“box for perfume made of alabaster”), from Ancient Greek ἀλάβαστρος (alabastros), from earlier ἀλάβαστος (alabastos, “vase made of alabaster”). This may further derive from the ancient Egyptian word [Egyptian hieroglyphic?] (a-labaste, “vessel of the Egyptian goddess Bast”).