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alabaster

noun al·a·bas·ter \ˈa-lə-ˌbas-tər\

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

Full Definition of ALABASTER

1
:  a compact fine-textured usually white and translucent gypsum often carved into vases and ornaments
2
:  a hard calcite or aragonite that is translucent and sometimes banded
alabaster or al·a·bas·trine \ˌa-lə-ˈbas-trən\ adjective
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Origin of ALABASTER

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

Alabaster

geographical name Al·a·bas·ter \ˈa-lə-ˌbas-tər\

Definition of ALABASTER

city cen Alabama S of Birmingham pop 30,352
ALABASTRINE Defined for Kids

alabaster

noun al·a·bas·ter \ˈa-lə-ˌba-stər\

Definition of ALABASTER for Kids

:  a smooth usually white stone used for carving

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