Meaning of alabaster

al•a•bas•ter

Pronunciation: (al'u-bas"tur, -bä"stur), [key]
— n.
  1. a finely granular variety of gypsum, often white and translucent, used for ornamental objects or work, such as lamp bases, figurines, etc.
  2. a variety of calcite, often banded, used or sold as alabaster.
—adj.
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