asps

asp

1 [asp]
noun
1.
any of several venomous snakes, especially the Egyptian cobra or the horned viper.
2.
Archaeology, uraeus.

Origin:
1300–50; back formation from Middle English aspis (taken as plural) < Latin < Greek aspís orig., shield

aspish, adjective
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asp

2 [asp]
noun, adjective

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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asp1 (æsp)
 
n
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)
 
n
an archaic name for the aspen
 
[Old English æspe; related to Old Norse ösp, Old High German aspa]

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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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Medical Dictionary

Asp abbr.
aspartic acid

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Abbreviations & Acronyms
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

ASPS
advanced sleep phase syndrome
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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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