1. a translucent, whitish, fine-grained variety of gypsum, used for statues, vases,
3. of or like alabaster; esp., smooth and white
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Word origin of 'alabaster'ME < OFr alabastre < L alabaster < Gr alabastros, earlier alabastos, vase for perfumes (often made of alabaster), prob. < Egypt *ʼa-labaste, vessel of (the goddess) Bast