- 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.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- 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: Middle 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
- alabastrine adjective
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- 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: Middle English alabastre, from Old French, from Latin alabaster, from Greek alabastros, alabastos, possibly of Egyptian origin.