from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A dense translucent, white or tinted fine-grained gypsum.
- n. A variety of hard calcite, translucent and sometimes banded.
- n. A pale yellowish pink to yellowish gray.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A fine-grained white or lightly-tinted variety of gypsum, used ornamentally.
- n. A variety of calcite, translucent and sometimes banded.
- adj. Made of alabaster
- adj. Resembling alabaster: white, pale, translucent.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A compact variety or sulphate of lime, or gypsum, of fine texture, and usually white and translucent, but sometimes yellow, red, or gray. It is carved into vases, mantel ornaments, etc.
- n. A hard, compact variety of carbonate of lime, somewhat translucent, or of banded shades of color; stalagmite. The name is used in this sense by Pliny. It is sometimes distinguished as oriental alabaster.
- n. A box or vessel for holding odoriferous ointments, etc.; -- so called from the stone of which it was originally made.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A box, casket, or vase made of alabaster. See alabastrum.
- n. A marble-like mineral of which there are two well-known varieties, the gypseous and the calcareous.
- Made of alabaster, or resembling it: as, “an alabaster column,” Addison, Travels in Italy.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a hard compact kind of calcite
- n. a compact fine-textured, usually white gypsum used for carving
- n. a very light white
- adj. of or resembling alabaster
Middle English alabastre, from Old French, from Latin alabaster, from Greek alabastros, alabastos, possibly of Egyptian origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French alabastre, from Latin alabaster ("box for perfume made of alabaster"), from Ancient Greek ἀλάβαστρος (alabastros), from earlier ἀλάβαστος (alabastos, "vase made of alabaster"). This may further derive from the ancient Egyptian word a-labaste (vessel of the Egyptian goddess Bast). (Wiktionary)