American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of several venomous snakes of Africa, Asia, and Europe, such as the small cobra (Naja haje) or the horned viper (Cerastes cornutus).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A European tree of the poplar family, Populus tremula. In America a similar species, P. tremuloides, is known as the quaking asp, or aspen. The white poplar, P. alba, is also sometimes called the white asp. The form aspen is also common.
- n. A very venomous serpent of Egypt, celebrated in connection with the story of Cleopatra's suicide. It is identified with greatest probability with the horned viper, of the genus Cerastes, a snake about 15 inches long. The name has also been commonly applied to the Naja haje, a species attaining a length of 3 or 4 feet, related to and resembling the Indian cobra, Naja tripudians. It is of a mottled green and brown color, with the skin of the neck dilatable, though less so than that of the true cobra. This serpent is of frequent occurrence along the Nile, and is the sacred serpent of ancient Egypt, represented commonly in art as a part of the headdress of kings and divinities, and often connected with their emblems, as a symbol of royal power. In archæology it is usually known as the uræus.
- n. The common viper or adder of Europe, a feebly poisonous serpent, formerly named Vipera communis, now Pelias berus, of the family Viperidæ. See cut under adder.
- n. A name of sundry other poisonous serpents.
- n. Aspic and aspick are obsolete or poetic forms.
- n. archaic A water snake.
- n. A venomous viper native to southwestern Europe (Vipera aspis).
- n. The Egyptian cobra (Naja haje)
- n. A type of European fish (Aspius aspius).
- n. An aspen tree.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) Same as aspen.
- n. (Zoöl.) A small, hooded, poisonous serpent of Egypt and adjacent countries, whose bite is often fatal. It is the Naja haje. The name is also applied to other poisonous serpents, esp. to Vipera aspis of southern Europe. See haje.
- n. of southern Europe; similar to but smaller than the adder
- n. cobra used by the Pharaohs as a symbol of their power over life and death
- Middle English aspis, from Latin, from Greek. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The bark of what we call asp-wood, ma'am, which is a kind of sallow; they lay up great quantities of it in the autumn as a provision for winter, when they are frozen up for some months.”
“I quickly started building my site and actually made it somewhat functional although most pages where in asp, others in asp. net.”
“The missing cobra is an adolescent of its hooded species, which is believed to be the type of snake that was called an asp in antiquity.”
“When Marcus says “No caching functionality in asp. net is used” he probably means that content caching is not involved.”
“The asp is a serpent who blocks his or her ears to avoid being enchanted by music.”
“The Egyptian ichneumon, when it sees the serpent called the asp, does not attack it until it has called in other ichneumons to help; to meet the blows and bites of their enemy the assailants beplaster themselves with mud, by first soaking in the river and then rolling on the ground.”
“The asp is the largest and most beautiful of all; but that never, of its own accord, quits the”
“It stuck in his ribs, and in scorn of the writer, and sceptical of her penning it, he tugged to pull it out, and broke the shaft, but left the rankling arrow-head: -- she had traced the lines, and though tyranny racked her to do that thing, his agony followed her hand over the paper to her name, which fixed and bit in him like the deadly-toothed arrow-head called asp, and there was no uprooting it.”
“It stuck in his ribs, and in scorn of the writer, and sceptical of her penning it, he tugged to pull it out, and broke the shaft, but left the rankling arrow-head: -- she had traced the lines, and though tyranny racked her to do that thing, his agony followed her hand over the paper to her name, which fixed and bit in him like the deadly - toothed arrow-head called asp, and there was no uprooting it.”
“There is a kind of asp called ypnalis, because it kills you by sending you to sleep.”
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