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jas·per

 (jăs′pər)
n.
An opaque cryptocrystalline variety of quartz that may be red, yellow, or brown.

[Middle English jaspre, from Anglo-Norman jaspre, variant of jaspe, from Latin iaspis, iaspid-, chrysoprase, translucent quartz, chalcedony, from Greek iaspis, probably ultimately (perhaps via an Anatolian word such as Hittite yašpu-) from a Semitic source akin to Hebrew yāšəpēh, a kind of precious stone, perhaps from Akkadian yašpû, ašpû, chalcedony, jasper, perhaps of Sumerian origin.]

jasper

(ˈdʒæspə)
n
1. (Minerals) an opaque impure microcrystalline form of quartz, red, yellow, brown, or dark green in colour, used as a gemstone and for ornamental decoration
2. (Ceramics) Also called: jasperware a dense hard stoneware, invented in 1775 by Wedgwood, capable of being stained throughout its substance with metallic oxides and used as background for applied classical decoration
[C14: from Old French jaspe, from Latin jaspis, from Greek iaspis, of Semitic origin; related to Assyrian ashpū, Arabic yashb, Hebrew yāshpheh]

jas•per

(ˈdʒæs pər)

n.
1. an opaque cryptocrystalline variety of quartz, usu. red or brown: often used in decorative carvings.
2. Also called jas′per•ware`. a fine colored stoneware with raised designs in white.
[1300–50; Middle English jaspe, jaspre < Middle French; Old French jaspe < Latin iaspis < Greek iáspis < Semitic; compare Akkadian yašpu]
jas′per•y, adj.

jas·per

(jăs′pər)
A reddish, brown, or yellow variety of opaque quartz.
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Noun1.jasper - an opaque form of quartzjasper - an opaque form of quartz; red or yellow or brown or dark green in color; used for ornamentation or as a gemstone
opaque gem - a gemstone that is opaque
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jasper

[ˈdʒæspəʳ] Njaspe m

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References in classic literature ?
Sorry to hear from Tope that you have not been well, Jasper.
Jasper is a dark man of some six-and-twenty, with thick, lustrous, well-arranged black hair and whiskers.
We shall miss you, Jasper, at the "Alternate Musical Wednesdays" to-night; but no doubt you are best at home.
Clah to goodness if dat conceit o' yo'n strikes in, Jasper, it gwine to kill you sho'.
Over in the vacant lots was Jasper, young, coal black, and of magnificent build, sitting on a wheelbarrow in the pelting sun--at work, supposably, whereas he was in fact only preparing for it by taking an hour's rest before beginning.
Jasper went to work energetically, at once, perceiving that his leisure was observed.
All that I can make out is that Miss Reade is going to marry Jasper Dale, and I don't like the idea one bit.
Forty years later I wrote to her, across the leagues of land and sea that divided us, and told her that Jasper Dale was dead; and I reminded her of her old promise and asked its fulfilment.
The gates of pearl and jasper swung back upon their golden hinges, making the most ravishing music, and the Saint, stepping aside, bowed low, saying:
On the cloth being removed Don Antonio, taking Don Quixote by the hand, passed with him into a distant room in which there was nothing in the way of furniture except a table, apparently of jasper, resting on a pedestal of the same, upon which was set up, after the fashion of the busts of the Roman emperors, a head which seemed to be of bronze.
Don Quixote was puzzled, wondering what could be the object of such precautions; whereupon Don Antonio taking his hand passed it over the bronze head and the whole table and the pedestal of jasper on which it stood, and then said, "This head, Senor Don Quixote, has been made and fabricated by one of the greatest magicians and wizards the world ever saw, a Pole, I believe, by birth, and a pupil of the famous Escotillo of whom such marvellous stories are told.
Huge columns carved out of single masses of marble, and inlaid from top to bottom with a hundred intricate figures wrought in costly verde antique; pulpits of the same rich materials, whose draperies hung down in many a pictured fold, the stony fabric counterfeiting the delicate work of the loom; the grand altar brilliant with polished facings and balustrades of oriental agate, jasper, verde antique, and other precious stones, whose names, even, we seldom hear-- and slabs of priceless lapis lazuli lavished every where as recklessly as if the church had owned a quarry of it.