noun \ˈasp\

Definition of ASP

:  aspen

Origin of ASP

Middle English, from Old English æspe
First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with ASP



Definition of ASP

:  a small venomous snake of Egypt usually held to be a cobra (Naja haje)

Origin of ASP

Middle English aspis, from Latin, from Greek
First Known Use: 14th century


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Anglicized form of aspis, the name used in classical antiquity for a venomous snake, probably the Egyptian cobra (Naja haje). The asp was the symbol of royalty in Egypt, and its bite was used for the execution of criminals in Greco-Roman times. Cleopatra is said to have killed herself with an asp.


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