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Jul 29, 2022
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Words derived after names

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jasper

PRONUNCIATION:
(JAS-puhr)

MEANING:
noun:
1. A person; guy.
2. A wasp.
3. A compact, opaque quartz, typically in dull shades of red, yellow, and brown.

ETYMOLOGY:
For 1: From the name Jasper. Earliest documented use: 1896.
For 2: Perhaps from the name Jasper. Earliest documented use: 1967.
For 3: From Old French jaspre, from Latin iaspis, from Ancient Greek iaspis, of Semitic origin. Earliest documented use: 1330.

USAGE:
“We’ll show those jaspers in Chicago, Montreal, and Vancouver.”
Geoffrey Stevens; Looking for Encore, City Seeks Spectacles; The Vancouver Sun (Canada); Aug 1, 1989.

See more usage examples of jasper in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
No protracted war can fail to endanger the freedom of a democratic country. -Alexis de Tocqueville, statesman and historian (29 Jul 1805-1859)

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