Alabaster meaning

ălə-băstər
A pale yellowish pink to yellowish gray.
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A variety of calcite found esp. in stalactites and stalagmites: it is sometimes streaked or mottled like marble.
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Of or like alabaster; esp., smooth and white.
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A fine-grained white or lightly-tinted variety of gypsum, used ornamentally.
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(historical) A variety of calcite, translucent and sometimes banded.
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Made of alabaster.

The crown is stored in an alabaster box with an onyx handle and a gold lock.

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Resembling alabaster: white, pale, translucent.

An ominous alabaster fog settled in the valley.

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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.

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A dense, translucent, white or tinted fine-grained gypsum.
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A variety of hard calcite, translucent and sometimes banded.
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A translucent, whitish, fine-grained variety of gypsum, used for statues, vases, etc.
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Origin of alabaster

  • Middle English alabastre from Old French from Latin alabaster from Greek alabastros, alabastos possibly of Egyptian origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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”).

    From Wiktionary