variants or alabastron
or alabastos
plural alabastra
or alabastrums or alabastrons
: 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

Word History


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

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of alabastrum was before the 12th century

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“Alabastrum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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