Definition of alabaster in English:

alabaster

Line breaks: ala|bas¦ter
Pronunciation: /ˈaləbɑːstə
 
, -bastə, ˌaləˈbɑːstə
 
, -ˈbastə/

noun

[mass noun]
  • A translucent form of gypsum or calcite, typically white, often carved into ornaments.
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    • The stones used include red jasper, white oriental alabaster, yellow chalcedony, and green gabbro.
    • An example is in site 31, an alabaster locality: no mention is made that alabaster is a fine-grained, compact variety of the mineral gypsum except in the glossary in the back of the book.
    • The screen was innovatory in its use of classical architectural forms, their realization in black marble and white alabaster, and in the profusion of Italianate figure sculpture and reliefs.

adjective

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  • 1Made of alabaster: the gilded alabaster tomb of Sir Anthony Browne
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    • The alabaster wall tomb that Chanterene created for the Archbishop of Évora is his most classical work, with a simplified architectural setting and the elimination of ornate decoration.
    • His eyes were as black as his blade, while his skin was as pale as an alabaster angel.
    • Transported across the entire Eurasian continent is a white alabaster sculpture titled " The Kiss " by Auguste Rodin.
  • 1.1 literary Like alabaster in whiteness and smoothness: her alabaster cheeks flushed with warmth
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    • In the early morning light he'd step outside for a breath of air, paying no more attention to his needs than a dust mite, the colors of his canvas smeared across wizened, alabaster cheeks.
    • The lash came out, and caught the boy on his alabaster cheek.
    • she asked, her smooth alabaster brow furrowing.

Origin

late Middle English: via Old French from Latin alabaster, alabastrum, from Greek alabastos, alabastros.

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