alabaster

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English[edit]

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A lamp whose shade has been crafted from alabaster.

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Etymology[edit]

From Old French alabastre, from Latin alabaster (box for perfume made of alabaster), from Ancient Greek ἀλάβαστρος (alábastros), from earlier ἀλάβαστος (alábastos, vase made of alabaster). This may further derive from the ancient Egyptian word [Egyptian hieroglyphic?] (a-labaste, vessel of the Egyptian goddess Bast).

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Noun[edit]

alabaster (usually uncountable, plural alabasters)

  1. A fine-grained white or lightly-tinted variety of gypsum, used ornamentally.
  2. (historical) A variety of calcite, translucent and sometimes banded.

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Adjective[edit]

alabaster (not comparable)

  1. Made of alabaster
    The crown is stored in an alabaster box with an onyx handle and a gold lock.
  2. Resembling alabaster: white, pale, translucent.
    An ominous alabaster fog settled in the valley.

Quotations[edit]

  • 1594, William Shakespeare, "The Rape of Lucrece", lines 418-420
    With more than admiration he admir’d
    Her azure veins, her alabaster skin,
    Her coral lips, her snow-white dimpled chin.
  • 1611, King James Version of the Bible, Mark 14:3
    And being in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at meat, there came a woman having an alabaster box of ointment of spikenard very precious; and she brake the box, and poured it on his head.
  • before 1887, Emily Dickinson, "Safe in Their Alabaster Chambers"
    Safe in their alabaster chambers
    Untouched by morning, untouched by noon
    Sleep the meek members of the resurrection,
    Rafters of satin, and roof of stone.
  • 1895, Katherine Lee Bates, "America the Beautiful"
    Thy alabaster cities gleam
    Undimmed by human tears!

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Noun[edit]

alabaster m (genitive alabastrī); second declension

  1. A box, tapering to a point at the top, for perfumes or unguents

Inflection[edit]

Second declension, nominative singular in -er.

Number Singular Plural
nominative alabaster alabastrī
genitive alabastrī alabastrōrum
dative alabastrō alabastrīs
accusative alabastrum alabastrōs
ablative alabastrō alabastrīs
vocative alabaster
alabastre
alabastrī

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Polish[edit]

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Noun[edit]

alabaster m

  1. alabaster

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External links[edit]

  • alabaster” in Polish dictionaries at PWN

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Noun[edit]

alabaster m (Cyrillic spelling алабастер)

  1. alabaster

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