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1910 New Catholic Dictionary


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A fine-grained variety of gypsum, much used for ornamental articles. The ancients used it for vases which held unguents, in the belief that it preserved them; hence the vases were called "alabasters," even when made of other material. Such was the "alabaster box of ointments," with which Mary Magdalene anointed the Saviour.

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Entry for 'Alabaster'. 1910 New Catholic Dictionary. 1910.

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