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al·a·bas·ter

 (ăl′ə-băs′tər)
n.
1. A dense, translucent, white or tinted fine-grained gypsum.
2. A variety of hard calcite, translucent and sometimes banded.
3. A pale yellowish pink to yellowish gray.

[Middle English alabastre, from Old French, from Latin alabaster, from Greek alabastros, alabastos, possibly of Egyptian origin.]

alabaster

(ˈæləˌbɑːstə; -ˌbæstə)
n
1. (Minerals) a fine-grained usually white, opaque, or translucent variety of gypsum used for statues, vases, etc
2. (Minerals) a variety of hard semitranslucent calcite, often banded like marble
adj
of or resembling alabaster
[C14: from Old French alabastre, from Latin alabaster, from Greek alabastros]
ˌalaˈbastrine adj

al•a•bas•ter

(ˈæl əˌbæs tər, -ˌbɑ stər)

n.
1. a finely granular variety of gypsum, often white and translucent, used for ornamental objects or work, as lamp bases and figurines.
2. a variety of calcite, often banded, used or sold as alabaster.
adj.
3. made of alabaster.
4. resembling alabaster; smooth and white: alabaster hands.
Also, al•a•bas•trine (ˌæl əˈbæs trɪn)
[1350–1400; Middle English alabastre < Middle French < Latin alabaster < Greek alábastros]

alabaster

Marble-like stone, usually white.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.alabaster - a compact fine-textured, usually white gypsum used for carvingalabaster - a compact fine-textured, usually white gypsum used for carving
gypsum - a common white or colorless mineral (hydrated calcium sulphate) used to make cements and plasters (especially plaster of Paris)
2.alabaster - a hard compact kind of calcitealabaster - a hard compact kind of calcite  
calcite - a common mineral consisting of crystallized calcium carbonate; a major constituent of limestone
3.alabaster - a very light whitealabaster - a very light white      
whiteness, white - the quality or state of the achromatic color of greatest lightness (bearing the least resemblance to black)
Adj.1.alabaster - of or resembling alabasteralabaster - of or resembling alabaster; "alabaster statue"

alabaster

adjective
Of a light color or complexion:
Translations
alabaster

alabaster

[ˈæləbɑːstəʳ]
A. Nalabastro m
B. ADJalabastrino

alabaster

[ˈæləbɑːstər]
nalbâtre m
modif
(made of alabaster) [figure, vase] → en albâtre
(= smooth) [skin, neck, breasts, buttocks] → d'albâtre

alabaster

nAlabaster m
adj (lit)alabastern, Alabaster-; (fig liter)Alabaster-, wie Alabaster; alabaster skinAlabasterhaut f

alabaster

[ˈæləbɑːstəʳ] nalabastro
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laying her own beautiful, but less brilliant, hand in melancholy affection on the alabaster forehead of Alice, and parting the golden hair which clustered about her brows; "and yet her soul is pure and spotless as her skin
Over the head of the bed was an alabaster bracket, on which a beautiful sculptured angel stood, with drooping wings, holding out a crown of myrtle-leaves.
After being removed from the ice the flesh-tints quickly faded out and the rosy nails took on the alabaster hue of death.
It was a fairy, and come from Elf-land, it said; and its errand was to make me happy: I must go with it out of the common world to a lonely place--such as the moon, for instance--and it nodded its head towards her horn, rising over Hay-hill: it told me of the alabaster cave and silver vale where we might live.
Indeed, had I realised how superbly impressive they were going to be, I think I must have declined the adventure altogether,--for, robed in lustrous ivory-white linen were those figures of undress marble, the wealth of their glorious bodies pressing out into bosoms magnificent as magnolias (nobler lines and curves Greece herself has never known), towering in throats of fluted alabaster, and flowering in coiffures of imperial gold.
She ran toward a piece of water, shook one of her legs lightly to cast off her shoe, and began to dabble her foot, white as alabaster, in the current, admiring, perhaps, the undulations she thus produced upon the surface of the water.
She was pale and fair, with long curls falling in profusion over her shoulders, had large, blue, languishing eyes, rosy lips, and hands of alabaster.
The nervous excitement of which we speak pursued Valentine even in her sleep, or rather in that state of somnolence which succeeded her waking hours; it was then, in the silence of night, in the dim light shed from the alabaster lamp on the chimney-piece, that she saw the shadows pass and repass which hover over the bed of sickness, and fan the fever with their trembling wings.
The lamp had grown so dim that its light hardly illuminated the alabaster shade.
But it makes me feel better," and she smiled and winked away a tear on her lashes, and took his hand while they prayed for "all women labouring of child"--not "in the perils of childbirth"; and the sparrows who had found their way through the guards behind the glass windows chirped above the faded gilt and alabaster family tree of the Conants.
he insisted, looking very sombre and speaking gloomily from under his black moustaches in the dim glow of the alabaster lamp hanging above his head.
Barren attribute as it was, disastrous as its discovery had been in many ways to her, perhaps Mr Clare, as a gentleman and a student of history, would respect her sufficiently to forget her childish conduct with the lords and ladies if he knew that those Purbeck-marble and alabaster people in Kingsbere Church really represented her own lineal forefathers; that she was no spurious d'Urberville, compounded of money and ambition like those at Trantridge, but true d'Urberville to the bone.