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asper1

[as-per] /ˈæs pər/
noun
1.
a former silver coin of Turkey and Egypt: later a money of account equal to 1/120 of a piaster.
Origin
1580-1590
1580-90; < Italian aspero < Medieval Greek áspron literally, white coin, noun use of neuter of áspros white

asper2

[as-per] /ˈæs pər/
adjective, Obsolete
1.
harsh; rough.
Origin
1325-75; < Latin: rough; replacing Middle English aspre < Middle French

asp2

[asp] /æsp/
noun, adjective
1.
Origin
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
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British Dictionary definitions for asper

asper

/ˈæspə/
noun
1.
a former Turkish monetary unit, a silver coin, worth 1/120 of a piastre
Word Origin
from Turkish, ultimately from Latin: rough, harsh

asp1

/æsp/
noun
1.
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 See also uraeus
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
Word Origin
C15: from Latin aspis, from Greek

asp2

/æsp/
noun
1.
an archaic name for the aspen
Word Origin
Old English æspe; related to Old Norse ösp, Old High German aspa
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Word Origin and History for asper
asp
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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asper in Medicine

Asp abbr.
aspartic acid

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Related Abbreviations for asper

Asp

aspartic acid

ASP

  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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asper in the Bible

(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.)

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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