Variant of 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: 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