- an opaque impure microcrystalline form of quartz, red, yellow, brown, or dark green in colour, used as a gemstone and for ornamental decoration
- Also called: jasper ware a dense hard stoneware, invented in 1775 by Wedgwood, capable of being stained throughout its substance with metallic oxides and used as background for applied classical decoration
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
- Mineralogy, Jewelrya compact, opaque, cryptocrystalline variety of quartz, usually colored red: often used in decorative carvings.
- CeramicsAlso called cameo ware, jas′per•ware′. a fine, hard stoneware introduced c1775 by Wedgwood, stained various colors by metallic oxides, with raised designs in white.
- Semitic; compare Arabic yashb
- Greek iáspis
- Latin iaspis
- Middle French; Old French jaspe
- Middle English jaspe, jaspre 1300–50
jas•per2 ( jas′pər),
n. [Older Slang.]
Slang Termsa fellow;
- special use of proper name Jasper 1895–1900, American.
Jas•per ( jas′pər),
- Place Namesa city in NW Alabama. 11,894.
- Place Namesa resort town in SW Alberta, in SW Canada, on the Athabaska River: headquarters for Jasper National Park. 3060.
- a male given name, form of Caspar.