asper


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  1. a former silver coin of Turkey and Egypt: later a money of account equal to 1/120 of a piaster.

adjective Obsolete.

  1. harsh; rough.

noun, adjective

  1. aspen.

noun

  1. a former Turkish monetary unit, a silver coin, worth 1/120 of a piastre

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 deathSee 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

noun

  1. an archaic name for the aspen
n.

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.

abbr.

  1. aspartic acid
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