1 [as-per]
a former silver coin of Turkey and Egypt: later a money of account equal to 1/120 of a piaster.

1580–90; < Italian aspero < Medieval Greek áspron literally, white coin, noun use of neuter of áspros white Unabridged


2 [as-per]
adjective Obsolete.
harsh; rough.

1325–75; < Latin: rough; replacing Middle English aspre < Middle French


2 [asp]
noun, adjective

before 900; Middle English aspe, apse, Old English æsp(e), æps(e); cognate with Middle Low German aspe, Old High German aspa (German Espe, with altered vowel < Old High German adj. espîn), Old Norse ǫsp; akin to Latvian apse, Russian osína, Czech osika < North European Indo-European *aps-. See aspen Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
asper (ˈæspə)
a former Turkish monetary unit, a silver coin, worth 1/120 of a piastre
[from Turkish, ultimately from Latin: rough, harsh]

asp1 (æsp)
1.  See also uraeus the venomous snake, probably Naja haje (Egyptian cobra), that caused the death of Cleopatra and was formerly used by the Pharaohs as a symbol of their power over life and death
2.  Also called: asp viper a viper, Vipera aspis, that occurs in S Europe and is very similar to but smaller than the adder
3.  horned asp another name for horned viper
[C15: from Latin aspis, from Greek]

asp2 (æsp)
an archaic name for the aspen
[Old English æspe; related to Old Norse ösp, Old High German aspa]

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Word Origin & History

mid-14c., from M.Fr. aspe, from L. aspidem (nom. aspis), from Gk. aspis "shield;" the serpent probably so called in reference to its neck hood.
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Medical Dictionary

Asp abbr.
aspartic acid

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Abbreviations & Acronyms
aspartic acid
  1. American selling price

  2. American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing

  3. American Society of Parasitologists

  4. Association of Subspecialty Professors

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Bible Dictionary

Asp definition

(Heb. pethen), Deut. 32:33; Job 20:14, 16; Isa. 11:8. It was probably the Egyptian cobra (Naja haje), which was very poisonous (Rom. 3:13; Gr. aspis). The Egyptians worshipped it as the _uraeus_, and it was found in the desert and in the fields. The peace and security of Messiah's reign is represented by the figure of a child playing on the hole of the asp. (See ADDER.)

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