Definitions for: Jasper


[n] an opaque form of quartz; red or yellow or brown or dark green in color; used for ornamentation or as a gemstone



Webster (1913) Definition: Jas"per, n. [OE. jaspre, jaspe, OF. jaspre, jaspe, F.
jaspe, L. iaspis, Gr. ?; cf. Per. yashp, yashf, Ar. yashb,
yasb, yasf, Heb. y[=a]shpheh. Cf. Diaper.] (Min.)
An opaque, impure variety of quartz, of red, yellow, and
other dull colors, breaking with a smooth surface. It admits
of a high polish, and is used for vases, seals, snuff boxes,
etc. When the colors are in stripes or bands, it is called
striped or banded jasper. The Egyptian pebble is a brownish
yellow jasper.

Jasper opal, a yellow variety of opal resembling jasper.

Jasper ware, a delicate kind of earthenware invented by
Josiah Wedgwood. It is usually white, but is capable of
receiving color.

See Also: opaque gem

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