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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a dish in which ingredients are set into a gelatine, jelly-like substance made from a meat stock or consommé.
  • n. an asp, a small venomous snake of Egypt.
  • adj. aspish; relating to an asp, a small venomous snake of Egypt.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The venomous asp.
  • n. 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.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. savory jelly based on fish or meat stock used as a mold for meats or vegetables

Etymologies

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)

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