Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Greek antiquity, a small elongated vase for unguents or perfumes, rounded at the bottom and provided with a broad rim about a small orifice. Vases of this class were originally so called because made of alabaster; but the name was applied also to vessels of similar form and use in other materials, as metal, glass (sometimes richly ornamented in color), or pottery. Sometimes called alabaster, alabastos.
- n. [NL., also alabastrus; prop. L. alabaster (acc. pl. alabastros, in Pliny), a rose-bud: see alabaster.] A flower-bud.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) A flower bud.
“Where, a second earlier, there had been a squad of InfiniDim Enterprises executives with a rocket launcher standing on an elegant terraced plaza paved with large slabs of lustrous stone cut from the ancient alabastrum quarries of Zentalquabula there was now, instead, a bit of a pit with nasty bits in it.”
“The manuscript species of Mr. Dohrn will shortly appear in his intended work upon the land and fluviatile shells of Ceylon.] [Footnote 6: As Ellobium.] [Footnote 7: As Melampus.] [Footnote 8: As Ophicardelis.] alabastrum, _Pfeiff.”
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