alabastrum

noun al·a·bas·trum \ˌa-lə-ˈba-strəm\
variants: or

alabastron

\ˌa-lə-ˈba-ˌsträn, -strən\ or

alabastos

\ˌa-lə-ˈba-ˌstäs, -stəs\

Definition of alabastrum

plural

alabastra

\ˌa-lə-ˈba-strə\ or

alabastrums

or

alabastrons

  1. :  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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Origin and Etymology of alabastrum

Latin & Greek; Latin alabastrum, from Greek alabastron, alabastos — more at alabaster


First Known Use: before 12th century


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