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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.]
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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
of or resembling alabaster
[C14: from Old French alabastre, from Latin alabaster, from Greek alabastros]
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al•a•bas•ter(ˈæl əˌbæs tər, -ˌbɑ stər)
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]
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Marble-like stone, usually white.
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|Noun||1.||alabaster - 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 calcite |
calcite - a common mineral consisting of crystallized calcium carbonate; a major constituent of limestone
|3.||alabaster - a very light white|
|Adj.||1.||alabaster - of or resembling alabaster; "alabaster statue"|
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n → albâtre m
(made of alabaster) [figure, vase] → en albâtre
(= smooth) [skin, neck, breasts, buttocks] → d'albâtre
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
n → Alabaster m
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
alabaster[ˈæləbɑːstəʳ] n → alabastro
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