jas·​per | \ ˈja-spər How to pronounce jasper (audio) \

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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jaspery \ ˈja-​spə-​rē How to pronounce jasper (audio) \ adjective

Examples of jasper in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Here, a case and crown set with sapphires and diamonds meets a dial plate with onyx, mother-of-pearl, lapis lazuli, and jasper. Harper's BAZAAR, "Richard Mille's New Watch Collection Is a Celebration of Female Empowerment," 9 Dec. 2020 Chert is a subgroup of sedimentary rock and includes flint, opal, and jasper. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Our Ancient Ancestors Were Pretty Excellent Engineers," 5 Feb. 2020 Thanksgiving in London with a 19th century jasper and emerald cameo. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "A Trove of Rare Hemmerle Pieces—One of Jewelry's Holy Grails—Comes Up for Auction," 8 Nov. 2019 Lapidary is cutting and shaping semiprecious stones like agate, jasper, opal or turquoise for rings and settings, John Oechsler said. Lyndi Mcnulty, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "An Eye for Art: Finksburg artist runs gamut from designing clothes and jewelry to painting murals and watercolors," 6 Nov. 2019 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

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jasper. Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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jas·​per | \ ˈjas-pər How to pronounce jasper (audio) \

Kids Definition of jasper

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

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