- a compact, opaque, cryptocrystalline variety of quartz, usually colored red: often used in decorative carvings.
- 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.
noun Older Slang.
- a fellow; guy.
- a city in NW Alabama.
- a resort town in SW Alberta, in SW Canada, on the Athabasca River: headquarters for Jasper National Park.
- a male given name, form of Caspar.
- an opaque impure microcrystalline form of quartz, red, yellow, brown, or dark green in colour, used as a gemstone and for ornamental decoration
- 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
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).
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.”
- 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.