alabaster

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noun al·a·bas·ter \ ˈa-lə-ˌbas-tər \

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 alabastrine play \ˌa-lə-ˈbas-trən\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of alabaster

Middle English alabastre, from Anglo-French albastre, from Latin alabaster vase of alabaster, from Greek alabastros

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Alabaster

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geographical name Al·a·bas·ter \ ˈa-lə-ˌba-stər \

Definition of Alabaster

city in central Alabama south of Birmingham population 30,352

ALABASTER Defined for English Language Learners

alabaster

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Definition of alabaster for English Language Learners

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


ALABASTER Defined for Kids

alabaster

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noun al·a·bas·ter \ ˈa-lə-ˌba-stər \

Definition of alabaster for Students

:a smooth usually white stone used for carving


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