American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A clear jelly typically made of stock and gelatin and used as a glaze or garnish or to make a mold of meat, fish, or vegetables.
- n. Archaic An asp.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A venomous serpent: same as asp, but used chiefly in poetry.
- n. A piece of ordnance of small caliber.
- n. The great lavender, Lavandula spica. See lavender.
- n. In cookery, a side dish consisting of a clear, savory meat-jelly containing fowl, game, fish, etc.
- n. a dish in which ingredients are set into a gelatine, jelly-like substance made from a meat stock or consommé.
- n. obsolete an asp, a small venomous snake of Egypt.
- adj. aspish; relating to an asp, a small venomous snake of Egypt.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Chiefly poetic The venomous asp.
- n. obsolete A piece of ordnance carrying a 12 pound shot.
- n. A European species of lavender (Lavandula spica), which produces a volatile oil. See spike.
- n. A savory meat jelly containing portions of fowl, game, fish, hard boiled eggs, etc.
- n. savory jelly based on fish or meat stock used as a mold for meats or vegetables
- French, from aspic, asp (from the resemblance of the jelly's coloration to an asp's); see aspic2.French, from Old French, alteration of aspe, from Latin aspis; see asp. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“She wasn’t familiar with the term aspic, but when I described it, she said, Oh, of course.”
“What matters more than a sweet reed or a princely doubling preserved if not in aspic then in memory?”
“Have they moved on, embraced their sensitive avant-garde side and become aficionados of Animal Collective and their ilk, or are they still out there, preserved in aspic, lager in hand, just waiting for the right anthemic guitar-based noise to bring them back to life?”
“Richards 'attitudes towards women seem to have been preserved in aspic around the time England last won the World Cup.”
“The trendy arts graduate of the 70s preserved in aspic does not see the contradiction.”
“Perhaps Thompson will get adulation from the US wingnut press, where Thatcher’s image is preserved in aspic, but the British press isn’t likely to be impressed.”
“Far from exhibiting the "nihilistic selfishness" of trying to "preserve" things in "aspic" - of which planning minister Greg Clark has accused the reforms' opponents - Oakham has accepted that it should be a focus for future housing growth.”
“Similarly, the light gun called _áspide_ or aspic, meaning "asp-like," was named after the venomous asp.”
“Mayonnaise had to be whisked by hand, soup pressed through a hair sieve, aspic jelly prepared with stock and gelatin, potato crisps fried one by one in smoking lard and served with game that had to hang for days prior to roasting until it was "high".”
“And it shapes the way the world sees us, as if we were the ancient lifeless mosquito preserved in aspic at the start of Jurassic Park.”
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