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Alabaster

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(1):

(n.) A hard, compact variety of carbonate of lime, somewhat translucent, or of banded shades of color; stalagmite. The name is used in this sense by Pliny. It is sometimes distinguished as oriental alabaster.

(2):

(n.) A box or vessel for holding odoriferous ointments, etc.; - so called from the stone of which it was originally made.

(3):

(n.) A compact variety or sulphate of lime, or gypsum, of fine texture, and usually white and translucent, but sometimes yellow, red, or gray. It is carved into vases, mantel ornaments, etc.


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Webster, Noah. Entry for 'Alabaster'. Noah Webster's American Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/web/a/alabaster.html. 1828.

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