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Alabast, n. [OF. alabastre, L. alabaster, -astrum.] Alabaster. Also attrib.The form albaster in Latin context occurs in 1375 in the Exch. Rolls II. 503, alebaster in 1379, ib. III. 32, and Nisbet copies ala-, alebastre from the Wycliffite N.T. in Mark xiv. 3.1375 Barb. xx. 588 (a towme of alabast bath fair and fyne). 1503 Treas. Acc. II. 274 (for alabast stanis). 1535 Stewart 46032 (tha fand of alabast ane prettie pig). c1590 J. Stewart 48/25 (as alabast statue). a1605 Montg. M. P. xxxv. 52 (lyk boullis of alabast). 1603 Philotus lxi. (lyke quhytest alabast).

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