Definitions

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Same as aspen.
  • n. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A European tree of the poplar family, Populus tremula.
  • n. A very venomous serpent of Egypt, celebrated in connection with the story of Cleopatra's suicide.
  • 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.

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

  • 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

Etymologies

Middle English aspis, from Latin, from Greek.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • "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."

    The Settlers in Canada

  • I quickly started building my site and actually made it somewhat functional although most pages where in asp, others in asp. net.

    How I started A Dating Empire « The Paradigm Shift

  • 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.

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  • When Marcus says “No caching functionality in asp. net is used” he probably means that content caching is not involved.

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  • The asp is a serpent who blocks his or her ears to avoid being enchanted by music.

    Archive 2008-03-01

  • 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 History of Animals

  • The asp is the largest and most beautiful of all; but that never, of its own accord, quits the

    The Roman History of Ammianus Marcellinus During the Reigns of the Emperors Constantius, Julian, Jovianus, Valentinian, and Valens

  • 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.

    The Tragic Comedians — Complete

  • 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.

    The Tragic Comedians — Volume 2

  • There is a kind of asp called ypnalis, because it kills you by sending you to sleep.

    Archive 2008-03-01

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  • ASP: the asp has a strategy, to avoid enchantment by songs meant to lure it forth from its cavern, by pressing one ear to the ground and stopping the other with its tail. This same asp guards the tree from which balm drips, and if a man tries to steal the balm, he must first put the asp to sleep by means of instruments - that is, by music. Bruneta Latini says the asp carries a precious stone called the carbuncle which enchanters hope to obtain by saying certain words, but the asp deafens itself and defeats them; this stone is the dracontis or dragon stone described by Pliny and Solinus, which in two medieval lapidaries is identified with the carbuncle.

    There are many kinds of asps. The first is the dipsas, which is so small it is not seen when trodden upon, and its bite kills before it is felt; its bite causes men to die of thirst. The next is hypnalis, called the prialis, which is the serpent from which Cleopatra got her death; it kills by sleep. The third is the haemorrhois: after the bite of this asp one sweats blood in such a way that life itself pours out through the veins. The fourth is the prester asp, which runs with its mouth open and steaming; its bite causes such swelling that the victim dies because putrefaction sets in. And the last is the seps, by the bite of which the whole body is consumed.

    January 12, 2009

  • “Another law enforcement official said that investigators with a search warrant seized a retractable baton — called an asp — and a radio antenna from Officer Cruz’s locker.�?

    The New York Times, Police Accuser Still in Hospital; Sharpton Visits, by Al Baker, Kareem Fahim and William K. Rashbaum, October 25, 2008

    October 26, 2008

  • The asp is a serpent that avoids the enchantment of music by pressing one ear against the ground and plugging the other ear with its tail. In some versions the asp guards a tree that drips balm; to get the balm men must first put the asp to sleep by playing or singing to it. Another version holds that the asp has a precious stone called a carbuncle in its head, and the enchanter must say certain words to the asp to obtain the stone.

    October 12, 2008