jasper

noun
jas·per | \ˈja-spər \

Definition of jasper 

1 : an opaque cryptocrystalline quartz of any of several colors especially : green chalcedony

2 : colored stoneware with raised white decoration

3 : a blackish green

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Other Words from jasper

jaspery \ˈja-spə-rē \ adjective

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They're composed of a white quartzite matrix with sharply contrasting red and brown jasper pebbles. Caroline Blackmon, Detroit Free Press, "Where to find 5 of Michigan's coolest rocks," 28 June 2018 Delicate floral designs inlaid with semi-precious stones, such as lapis lazuli, red agate, amethyst, abalone, jasper and mother-of-pearl, decorate a variety of marbles and contrast with the more traditional geometric ceramic details. Jim Berleley, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to Dubai," 5 Oct. 2016 This year a powder blue palette complemented the gorgeous sprawling Persian rugs, highlighting the agate, jasper and jade details in the pieces themselves. Natalie Shirinian, Vogue, "9 of the Most Mesmerizing Installations at Salone del Mobile 2018," 23 Apr. 2018 The jasper belt in which the fossils were found is thought to have once been an undersea vent. Erin Blakemore, Smithsonian, "Scientists Think They’ve Found the Oldest Fossil Ever," 1 Mar. 2017 Delicate floral designs inlaid with semi-precious stones, such as lapis lazuli, red agate, amethyst, abalone, jasper and mother-of-pearl, decorate a variety of marbles and contrast with the more traditional geometric ceramic details. Jim Berleley, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to Dubai," 5 Oct. 2016 Kane made the plastic footwear his own by embedding them with mineral stones like malachite and zebra jasper. Chrissy Rutherford, Harper's BAZAAR, "Can Christopher Kane Make Crocs Happen?," 19 Sep. 2016 When paired with ocean jasper, clear quartz works to bring about cohesion in a group, says Lee, who suggests having them in the dining room while throwing a dinner party. Sean Santiago, ELLE Decor, "What's The Deal With The Hollywood Crystal Trend?," 29 Jan. 2016 The microscopic filaments and tubes, composed of an iron oxide called hematite, appeared within a rock type called jasper. Malcolm Ritter, Orange County Register, "Tiny tubes in Canadian rock may be oldest known fossils," 1 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of jasper

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for jasper

Middle English jaspre, from Anglo-French jaspre, jaspe, from Latin jaspis, from Greek iaspis, of Semitic origin; akin to Hebrew yāshĕpheh jasper

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jasper

noun
jas·per | \ˈjas-pər \

Kids Definition of jasper

: an opaque usually red, green, brown, or yellow stone used for making decorative objects

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