from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An opaque cryptocrystalline variety of quartz that may be red, yellow, or brown.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A wasp. (West Country dialects, Somerset County)
- n. A person, a guy, especially seen as naïve or simple.
- n. Any bright-coloured kind of chalcedony apart from cornelian.
- n. An opaque, impure variety of quartz, of red, yellow, and other dull colors, breaking conchoidally with a smooth surface.
- n. Jasperware pottery.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
from The 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.
- n. An earthenware made of pounded spar.
- n. Same as jasper-ware.
- Same as jasperize.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an opaque form of quartz; red or yellow or brown or dark green in color; used for ornamentation or as a gemstone
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)
From the male personal name Jasper. (Wiktionary)
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)