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alabastrum (plural alabastra or alabastrums)

  1. An alabastron, or ancient pottery container for oil.
  2. (botany) A flower bud.
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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for alabastrum in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)




alabastrum n (genitive alabastrī); second declension

  1. Alternative form of alabaster


Second-declension noun (neuter).

Case Singular Plural
Nominative alabastrum alabastra
Genitive alabastrī alabastrōrum
Dative alabastrō alabastrīs
Accusative alabastrum alabastra
Ablative alabastrō alabastrīs
Vocative alabastrum alabastra


  • alabastrum in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition, 1883–1887)
  • alabastrum in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • alabastrum in William Smith et al., editor (1890) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, London: William Wayte. G. E. Marindin