Definitions for JASPERˈdʒæs pər
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
an opaque cryptocrystalline variety of quartz, usu. red or brown: often used in decorative carvings.
Category: Mineralogy, Jewelry
Also called jas′per•ware`. a fine colored stoneware with raised designs in white.
Origin of jasper:
1300–50; ME jaspe, jaspre < MF; OF jaspe < L iaspis < Gk iáspis < Semitic; cf. Akkadian yašpu
an opaque form of quartz; red or yellow or brown or dark green in color; used for ornamentation or as a gemstone
, an English variant of Caspar.
One of the Magi, also known as Caspar.
Origin: From the male personal name Jasper.
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 / banded jasper. The Egyptian pebble is a brownish yellow jasper
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
an opaque quartz found in all colours, and spotted, striped, and clouded; is valued in ornamental lapidary work because of the polish it takes.