Oriental alabaster


Oriental alabaster
alabaster (def. 2).
[1750-60]

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  • oriental alabaster — noun a hard compact kind of calcite • Syn: ↑alabaster, ↑onyx marble, ↑Mexican onyx • Hypernyms: ↑calcite * * * noun see alabaster I * * * alabaster (def. 2). [ …   Useful english dictionary

  • Alabaster — is a name applied to varieties of two distinct minerals: gypsum (a hydrous sulfate of calcium) and calcite (a carbonate of calcium). The former is the alabaster of the present day; the latter is generally the alabaster of the ancients. The two… …   Wikipedia

  • Alabaster — • The substance commonly known as alabaster is a fine grained variety of gypsum. Oriental alabaster, the alabastrites of the classical writers, is a translucent marble obtained from stalagmitic deposits Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006.… …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Alabaster — Al a*bas ter, n. [L. alabaster, Gr. ala bastros, said to be derived fr. Alabastron, the name of a town in Egypt, near which it was common: cf. OF. alabastre, F. alb[^a]tre.] 1. (Min.) (a) A compact variety or sulphate of lime, or gypsum, of fine… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • alabaster — /al euh bas teuhr, bah steuhr/, n. 1. a finely granular variety of gypsum, often white and translucent, used for ornamental objects or work, such as lamp bases, figurines, etc. 2. Also called Oriental alabaster. a variety of calcite, often banded …   Universalium

  • alabaster — /ˈæləbæstə / (say aluhbastuh), /æləˈbæstə/ (say aluh bastuh), /ˈæləbastə/ (say aluhbahstuh) noun 1. a finely granular variety of gypsum, often white and translucent, used for ornamental objects or work, such as lamp bases, figurines, etc. 2. a… …   Australian English dictionary

  • Chaloner Alabaster — Chaloner Grenville Alabaster (1838–1898) was an English administrator in China. He was born Barcombe, Bournemouth, and attended King s College London. In 1855, he went to China as a student interpreter remaining there during the First and Second… …   Wikipedia

  • Mexican onyx — noun a hard compact kind of calcite • Syn: ↑alabaster, ↑oriental alabaster, ↑onyx marble • Hypernyms: ↑calcite * * * noun Usage: usually capitalized M : alabast …   Useful english dictionary

  • onyx marble — noun a hard compact kind of calcite • Syn: ↑alabaster, ↑oriental alabaster, ↑Mexican onyx • Hypernyms: ↑calcite …   Useful english dictionary

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