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Jaspers

[yahs-pers] /ˈyɑs pərs/
noun
1.
Karl
[kahrl] /kɑrl/ (Show IPA),
1883–1969, German philosopher.

jasper1

[jas-per] /ˈdʒæs pər/
noun
1.
a compact, opaque, cryptocrystalline variety of quartz, usually colored red: often used in decorative carvings.
2.
Also called jasper ware, cameo ware. a fine, hard stoneware introduced c1775 by Wedgwood, stained various colors by metallic oxides, with raised designs in white.
Origin of jasper1
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English jaspe, jaspre < Middle French; Old French jaspe < Latin iaspis < Greek iáspis < Semitic; compare Arabic yashb

jasper2

[jas-per] /ˈdʒæs pər/
noun, Older Slang.
1.
a fellow; guy.
Origin
1895-1900, Americanism; special use of proper name Jasper

Jasper

[jas-per] /ˈdʒæs pər/
noun
1.
a city in NW Alabama.
2.
a resort town in SW Alberta, in SW Canada, on the Athabasca River: headquarters for Jasper National Park.
3.
a male given name, form of Caspar.
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  • You don't suppose there is any way you can induce Jaspers to keep his hands off until then?

    The Financier Theodore Dreiser
  • The coach came up from the Jaspers' and Hanny was put inside.

    A Little Girl of Long Ago Amanda Millie Douglas
  • "I fancy a hundred dollars would make Jaspers relax a whole lot of rules," he replied, and he got up to go.

    The Financier Theodore Dreiser
  • Looking into Jaspers angry face, he tried now to speak of Mary.

    Justin Wingate, Ranchman John H. Whitson
  • Truthfully speaking marbles are of lime formation, while granites and Jaspers and many others are not.

    Graining and Marbling Frederick Maire
  • We must get him to the houseto Jaspers, she urged, tremulously.

    Justin Wingate, Ranchman John H. Whitson
  • The high altar is composed of rich marbles, agates, and Jaspers of great rarity, the produce of this kingdom.

  • First off, you figger how to catch them Jaspers with the goods an' lock 'em up.

  • What is said regarding the imitation of granites, porphyries and Jaspers?

    Graining and Marbling Frederick Maire
  • "That's all right, Mr. Cowperwood," said Jaspers, getting up.

    The Financier Theodore Dreiser
British Dictionary definitions for Jaspers

Jaspers

/German ˈjaspərs/
noun
1.
Karl (karl). 1883–1969, German existentialist philosopher

jasper

/ˈdʒæspə/
noun
1.
an opaque impure microcrystalline form of quartz, red, yellow, brown, or dark green in colour, used as a gemstone and for ornamental decoration
2.
Also called jasper ware. a dense hard stoneware, invented in 1775 by Wedgwood, capable of being stained throughout its substance with metallic oxides and used as background for applied classical decoration
Word Origin
C14: from Old French jaspe, from Latin jaspis, from Greek iaspis, of Semitic origin; related to Assyrian ashpū, Arabic yashb, Hebrew yāshpheh
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Word Origin and History for Jaspers

jasper

n.

precious stone, c.1300, from Anglo-French jaspre, Old French jaspre, jaspe, from Latin iaspidem (nominative iaspis), from Greek iaspis "jasper," via an Oriental language (cf. Hebrew yashpeh, Akkadian yashupu).

Jasper

masc. proper name, English form of Caspar or of Gaspar, the traditional name of one of the Three Kings. Said by Klein to be of Persian origin and meaning literally "treasure-holder." Used from 1896 for "a rustic simpleton."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Jaspers in Science
jasper
  (jās'pər)   
A reddish, brown, or yellow variety of chert. Jasper usually occurs in association with iron ores and contains iron impurities that give it its color.
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Slang definitions & phrases for Jaspers

jasper

noun

  1. A fellow; man; guy: two jaspers with a grudge
  2. A rustic; hick (1914+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Jaspers in the Bible

(Heb. yashpheh, "glittering"), a gem of various colours, one of the twelve inserted in the high priest's breast-plate (Ex. 28:20). It is named in the building of the New Jerusalem (Rev. 21:18, 19). It was "most precious," "clear as crystal" (21:11). It was emblematic of the glory of God (4:3).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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