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
jasperyplay \ˈja-spə-rē\ adjective
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The Old Arrow Maker, for example, shows a Dakota woman plaiting a mat, while her father carves an arrowhead from jasper.
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Origin and Etymology of jasper
Middle English jaspre, from Anglo-French jaspre, jaspe, from Latin jaspis, from Greek iaspis, of Semitic origin; akin to Hebrew yāshĕpheh jasper
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
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Definition of jasper for Students
: an opaque usually red, green, brown, or yellow stone used for making decorative objects
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