al·​a·​bas·​trum | \ ˌa-lə-ˈba-strəm \
variants: or alabastron \ ˌa-​lə-​ˈba-​ˌsträn , -​strən \ or alabastos \ ˌa-​lə-​ˈba-​ˌstäs , -​stəs \
plural alabastra\ ˌa-​lə-​ˈba-​strə \ or alabastrums or alabastrons

Definition of alabastrum

: an ancient Greek or Roman jar for oils, ointments, or perfumes having a flattened lip with narrow orifice and an elongated body rounded at the bottom

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First Known Use of alabastrum

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for alabastrum

Latin & Greek; Latin alabastrum, from Greek alabastron, alabastos

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“Alabastrum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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