alabaster

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noun al·a·bas·ter \ˈa-lə-ˌbas-tər\

Definition of alabaster

  1. 1 :  a compact fine-textured usually white and translucent gypsum often carved into vases and ornaments

  2. 2 :  a hard calcite or aragonite that is translucent and sometimes banded

alabaster

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alabastrine

play \ˌa-lə-ˈbas-trən\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of alabaster

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


First Known Use: 14th century

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Alabaster

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

Definition of Alabaster

  1. city cen Alabama S of Birmingham pop 30,352


ALABASTER Defined for English Language Learners

alabaster

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noun al·a·bas·ter \ˈa-lə-ˌbas-tər\

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

  1. :  a smooth usually white stone used for carving


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