Word Origin & History
1789, "savory meat jelly," from Fr. aspic "jelly" (18c.), lit. "asp," from O.Fr. aspe (13c., from L. aspis + ending from basilisc "basilisk"). Perhaps so called from its coldness (froid comme un aspic is said to be a proverbial phrase), or the colors in the gelatin, or the shape of the mold.