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[asp] /æsp/
noun, adjective
Origin of asp2
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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British Dictionary definitions for aspest


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
Also called asp viper. a viper, Vipera aspis, that occurs in S Europe and is very similar to but smaller than the adder
horned asp, another name for horned viper
Word Origin
C15: from Latin aspis, from Greek


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 aspest



poisonous snake, 1520s, earlier aspis (mid-14c.), from Old French aspe (13c.) or directly from Latin aspidem (nominative aspis), from Greek aspis "shield;" the serpent so called probably in reference to its neck hood.

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aspest in Medicine

Asp abbr.
aspartic acid

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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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aspest 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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