alabaster


alabaster
\ \ [14] Chaucer was the first English author to use the word alabaster: in the Knight’s Tale (1386) he writes of ‘alabaster white and red coral’. It comes, via Old French and Latin, from Greek alábast(r)os, which may be of Egyptian origin. Scottish English used the variant from alabast until the 16th century (indeed, this may predate alabaster by a few years); and from the 16th to the 17th century the word was usually spelled alablaster, apparently owing to confusion with arblastercrossbowman’.
\ \ The use of alabaster for making marbles (of the sort used in children’s games) gave rise to the abbreviation alley, allymarble’ in the early 18th century.

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