Definition of alabaster in English:
A fine-grained, translucent form of gypsum, typically white, often carved into ornaments.
- 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.
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1Made of alabaster.
- 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
More example sentences
- 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.
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