(biochemistry) IUPAC 3-letter abbreviation of aspartic acid.
Any of several small, poisonous snakes of Africa, Arabia, and Europe, as the horned viper, Egyptian cobra, or a European viper (Vipera aspis)
(archaic) An aspen.
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Origin of asp
Middle English aspisfrom Latin from Greek
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Latinaspis (“asp, viper; shield”), aspidis, from Ancient Greek ἀσπίς (aspis, “shield; Egyptian cobra Naja haje”)
The snake, however, to which the word "asp" has been most commonly applied is undoubtedly the haje of Egypt, the spy-slange or spitting snake of the Boers (Naja haje), one of the very poisonous Elarinae, from 3 to 4 ft.
Cases of collision have been tried in it (the "Vivid," 1 Asp. Maritime Law Cases, 601).
Antony committed suicide, in the mistaken belief that she had already done so, but Octavian refused to yield to the charms of Cleopatra who put an end to her life, by applying an asp to her bosom, according to the common tradition, in the thirty-ninth year of her age (29th of August, 30 B.C.).