noun \ˈa-lə-ˌbas-tər\

: a white stone that is used to make vases and decorations

Full Definition of ALABASTER

:  a compact fine-textured usually white and translucent gypsum often carved into vases and ornaments
:  a hard calcite or aragonite that is translucent and sometimes banded
alabaster or al·a·bas·trine \ˌa-lə-ˈbas-trən\ adjective


Middle English alabastre, from Anglo-French albastre, from Latin alabaster vase of alabaster, from Greek alabastros
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Mineralogy Terms

agate, host, inclusion, matrix, streak


geographical name \ˈa-lə-ˌbas-tər\

Definition of ALABASTER

city cen Alabama S of Birmingham pop 30,352


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Fine-grained gypsum that has been used for centuries for statuary, carvings, and other ornaments. It normally is snow-white and translucent but can be artificially dyed; it may be made opaque and similar in appearance to marble by heat treatment. Florence, Livorno, Milan, and Berlin are important centres of the alabaster trade. The alabaster of the ancients was a brown or yellow onyx marble.


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