American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An opaque cryptocrystalline variety of quartz that may be red, yellow, or brown.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Among the ancients, a bright-colored chalcedony (not, however, including carnelian), translucent and varying in color, green being apparently most common. It was highly esteemed as a precious stone.
- n. In modern usage, a closely compact crypto-crystalline variety of quartz, opaque or nearly so, and colored red, yellow, or brown, or less often green. The color is usually due to oxid of iron, the anhydrous oxid being present in the red, and the hydrated oxid in the yellow and brown varieties. Some kinds contain clay as an impurity, and a red jasper rock (sometimes called
jasperite) occurs on a large scale with the iron ores of the Lake Superior region. The finer varieties of jasper admit of a good polish, and are used for vases, snuff-boxes, seals, etc. Banded or striped jasper (also called ribbon-jasper) is a kind having the color in broad stripes, as of red and green. Agate jasper has layers of chalcedony. Egyptian jasper, much used in ancient art, was found near the Nile, in nodules having zones of red, yellow, or brown colors. Porcelain jasper is merely a baked indurated clay, often of a bright-red color.
- n. An earthenware made of pounded spar.
- n. Same as jasper-ware.
- Same as jasperize.
- n. UK, colloquial A wasp. (West Country dialects, Somerset County)
- n. US, slang A person, a guy, especially seen as naïve or simple.
- n. obsolete Any bright-coloured kind of chalcedony apart from cornelian.
- n. mineralogy An opaque, impure variety of quartz, of red, yellow, and other dull colors, breaking conchoidally with a smooth surface.
- n. Jasperware pottery.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Min.) An opaque, impure variety of quartz, of red, yellow, and other dull colors, breaking with a smooth surface. It admits of a high polish, and is used for vases, seals, snuff boxes, etc. When the colors are in stripes or bands, it is called striped jasper or banded jasper. The Egyptian pebble is a brownish yellow jasper.
- n. an opaque form of quartz; red or yellow or brown or dark green in color; used for ornamentation or as a gemstone
- From Old French jaspre, a variant of jaspe (modern French jaspe), from Latin iaspis, from Ancient Greek ἴασπις (iaspis), ultimately (via an oriental language) from Persian یشپ (yašp). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English jaspre, from Anglo-Norman, from Latin iaspis, iaspid-, from Greek iaspis, from Persian yašm, yašb, from Arabic yašb; akin to Hebrew yāšəpe, perhaps from blend of Akkadian yašpu, chalcedony (sense uncertain) and Akkadian ašpû, jasper (perhaps of Sumerian origin). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Ordinarily, the jasper is a stone of various wavy colors, somewhat transparent: in Re 21: 11 it represents watery crystalline brightness.”
“This jasper is a transparent stone, which yet offers to the eye a variety of the most vivid colours, signifying the glorious perfections of God; the sardine-stone is red, signifying the justice of God, that essential attribute of which he never divests himself in favour of any, but gloriously exerts it in the government of the world, and especially of the church, through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
“Wed 10/07/09 5: 44 PM the actor who plays jasper is great at manipulating annie. i sense chemistry and hope he stays on the show for awhile, or comes back. even tehough the previews say he is this big stalker, i am sure that is not the only side of him.”
“But i don't live in jasper county so i wont get paid.”
“Before an enormous hearth stood a carved table of old oak, laden with golden dishes full of exquisite food, and wonderful fruit in jasper bowls, and dark purple clematis flowers were strewn upon the golden cloth.”
“Feb 3, 2010 i’m so sorry jasper is sick, i hope he starts to feel better really soon. boy, we sure can beat ourselves to death with the ol’ mother-guilt, can’t we? we all have it and we all drag ourselves over the hot coals with the would-have-could-have-should-have.”
“The jasper is the same crystal gem before mentioned.”
“The stone which we name "jasper" does not accord with this description.”
“The word 'jasper' is derived from the Semitic languages; and from the confused description of Theophrastus”
“John Wright, show chairman, said Mississippi has an abundance of semi-precious gemstones, such as jasper, carnelian, agate and quartz, as well as petrified wood and other fossils, but the Mississippi opal is its first precious gemstone.”
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Given names that were acceptable for play the last time I checked the OWL.
Words that have been used as baby names, including virtue names, nature names, place names, etc.
The title is an actual name given to a Puritan boy in the 17th century.
Words I like mostly because of the way they sound and feel.
Words taken from Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace.
Hecko, words! I’m so happy I’ve found you. I want to keep you all and never want to lose you again. I hope you like it here.
These chromonyms are defined as colors in at least one dictionary (mostly MW3). (Actually there's one fake, for reasons I'll explain someday.) They are all one-word nouns such as "kelly", which can...
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