- a type of chert quartz that is usually reddish due to the presence of hematite
- Bible a precious stone, probably an opaque green quartz
- a kind of porcelain developed by Wedgwood, having a dull surface in green, blue, etc., with raised designs, usually in white
Origin of jasperMiddle English jaspre from Middle French from Classical Latin iaspis from Gr, a green precious stone, probably akin to Classical Hebrew (language) y?špeh
a masculine name: equiv. Fr. Gaspard, Ger. Kasper, Sp. Gaspar
Origin of JasperOld French Jaspar from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
An opaque cryptocrystalline variety of quartz that may be red, yellow, or brown.
Origin of jasperMiddle English jaspre from Anglo-Norman jaspre variant of jaspe from Latin iaspis iaspid- chrysoprase, translucent quartz, chalcedony from Greek iaspis probably ultimately ( perhaps via an Anatolian word such as Hittite yašpu- ) from a Semitic source akin to Hebrew yāšəpēh a kind of precious stone perhaps from Akkadian yašpû, ašpû chalcedony, jasper perhaps of Sumerian origin
- (UK, colloquial) A wasp. (West Country dialects, Somerset County)
- (US, slang) A person, a guy, especially seen as naïve or simple.
From the male personal name Jasper.