• Asp
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n asp cobra used by the Pharaohs as a symbol of their power over life and death
    • n asp of southern Europe; similar to but smaller than the adder
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Asp ȧsp (Zoöl) A small, hooded, poisonous serpent of Egypt and adjacent countries, whose bite is often fatal. It is the Naja haje. The name is also applied to other poisonous serpents, esp. to Vipera aspis of southern Europe. See Haje.
    • n Asp (Bot) One of several species of poplar bearing this name, especially the Populus tremula, so called from the trembling of its leaves, which move with the slightest impulse of the air.
    • n Asp (Bot) Same as Aspen. "Trembling poplar or asp ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n asp A European tree of the poplar family, Populus tremula. In America a similar species, P. tremuloides, is known as the quaking asp, or aspen. The white poplar, P. alba, is also sometimes called the white asp. The form aspen is also common.
    • n asp A very venomous serpent of Egypt, celebrated in connection with the story of Cleopatra's suicide. It is identified with greatest probability with the horned viper, of the genus Cerastes, a snake about 15 inches long. The name has also been commonly applied to the Naja haje, a species attaining a length of 3 or 4 feet, related to and resembling the Indian cobra, Naja tripudians. It is of a mottled green and brown color, with the skin of the neck dilatable, though less so than that of the true cobra. This serpent is of frequent occurrence along the Nile, and is the sacred serpent of ancient Egypt, represented commonly in art as a part of the headdress of kings and divinities, and often connected with their emblems, as a symbol of royal power. In archæology it is usually known as the uræus.
    • n asp The common viper or adder of Europe, a feebly poisonous serpent, formerly named Vipera communis, now Pelias berus, of the family Viperidæ. See cut under adder.
    • n asp A name of sundry other poisonous serpents.
    • n asp Aspic and aspick are obsolete or poetic forms.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Asp a popular name applied loosely to various genera of venomous serpents—now chiefly to the Vipera aspis of Southern Europe. Cleopatra's asp was probably the small Vipera hasselquistii, or horned viper: the biblical asp (Heb. pethen) was probably the Egyptian juggler's snake (Naja haje).
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. æsp, æps,; akin to OHG. aspa, Icel. ösp, Dan. æsp, Sw. asp, D. esp, G. espe, äspe, aspe,; cf. Lettish apsa, Lith. apuszis,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.—Gr. aspis.


In literature:

Cleopatra had placed the asp in her bosom, and the other women had followed her example.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 7" by Elbert Hubbard
He wore a crown of thin iron, surmounted by a golden asp.
"Pharaoh's Broker" by Ellsworth Douglass
It was a genuine retreat, right at the foot of a tall mountain, embowered in a grove of quaking asps.
"Birds of the Rockies" by Leander Sylvester Keyser
I see a dry quaking asp lying here that some fellow has left, and I'll just try it myself.
"The Young Alaskans on the Missouri" by Emerson Hough
He went through thickets of juniper, and had to go around clumps of quaking asp.
"The Boy Scouts Book of Campfire Stories" by Various
Through the quaking asps by the creek narrowed eyes gloated.
"The Fighting Edge" by William MacLeod Raine
Forts guard the upper valleys of the Nive and the Aspe, along which run important passes into Spain.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 3" by Various
I have done the same favor to M. Asp.
"The Diplomatic Correspondence of the American Revolution, Vol. IX" by Various
The ground about the quaking asp grove, and nearest El Capitan, afforded the best concealment close to the Gap.
"Nan of Music Mountain" by Frank H. Spearman
Asps, symbolism of, 158.
"Rugs: Oriental and Occidental, Antique & Modern" by Rosa Belle Holt
Never was a better sloop than the Asp in her day.
"The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of Jane Austen" by Jane Austen
The puff-adder or horned asp is not more real.
"Time and Tide by Weare and Tyne" by John Ruskin
But the asp, perhaps, will not be wanting.
"A Struggle for Rome, v. 3" by Felix Dahn
We have also the asp, whereof our fletchers make their arrows.
"Elizabethan England" by William Harrison
She has most likely been stung by asps, or eaten by wild beasts.
"The Grey Fairy Book" by Andrew Lang
They was about a quarter of a' inch of stubble on my face, and I was as shaky as a quakin' asp.
"Alec Lloyd, Cowpuncher" by Eleanor Gates
He was bitten by an asp just before I left, and papa would have him shot.
"Beatrice Boville and Other Stories" by Ouida
That butterfly or bud turn asp to bite her?
"Charles Di Tocca" by Cale Young Rice
The Asp shall twine, the Vulture watch the prey, And Horror rend thee, let but Hope give way.
"The Poetical Works of Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton, Bart. M.P." by Edward Bulwer Lytton
The image of the asp trailing its slime and its venom over the bosom of Cleopatra, is not more abhorrent.
"The Romance of Biography (Vol 2 of 2)" by Anna Jameson

In poetry:

One hand enclosed a paper scroll,
Held as a strangled asp.
So may we see the woman's soul
In her dire tempter's grasp.
"Archduchess Anne" by George Meredith
From some far country where a palace rose,
In which I reigned with Cleopatra's pride:
"Come, Charmian! bring the asp for my repose."
And queenly, men shall say, she died.
"Music In A Crowd" by Elizabeth Drew Barstow Stoddard
"Here the dire locusts' horrid swarms prevail;
Here the blue asps with livid poison swell;
Here the dry dipsa writhes his sinuous mail;
Can we not here secure from envy dwell?
"Elegy XX. He Compares His Humble Fortune With the Distress of Others" by William Shenstone
Ay! though the gorgèd asp of passion feed
On my boy's heart, yet have I burst the bars,
Stood face to face with Beauty, known indeed
The Love which moves the Sun and all the stars!
"Apologia" by Oscar Wilde
Ah no!
Fly Fly that fatal foe,
Virtue shall shrink from his torpedo grasp—
For not more fatal thro' the Wretches veins
Benumb'd in Death's cold pains
Creeps the chill poison of the deadly asp.
"Birth-Day Ode 02" by Robert Southey
He slept as he were a chosen of Israel's God Almighty.
A dog out of Canaan!--thought he I was woman alone?
I slipt like an asp to his ear and laughed for the sight he
Would give when the carrion kites should tear to his bone.
"Jael" by Cale Young Rice

In news:

Australia's Best Longboarders Head West For ASP LQS Whalebone Classic.
He's gone from lanky grommet to top ten ASP warrior built like Conan the Barbarian.
"This novel technology has significant advantages over injecting fillers in gel form," said Geoffrey Gurtner, MD, ASPS Member Surgeon and study lead author.
JoliBrazil's Raoni Montiero gets a little ahead of himself at Snapper Rocks for the opening of the 2012 ASP season.
Filmmaker Aaron Lieber tells the inspiring story of professional surfer Lakey Peterson as he follows her around the globe in her rookie year on the ASP World Tour.
Turn On Windows Impersonation Can you activate Windows impersonation selectively in ASP.NET.
Like a harder version of early Skinny Puppy, the songs on Built Better by Betrayal, the latest release from Invisible ASPS, bear out the title well.
The Association of Surfing Professionals announced yesterday that the $1 million Quiksilver Pro New York will be staged in Long Beach this summer, marking the first-ever East Coast event for the ASP World Tour.
Kelly Slater, Mick Fanning, Joel Parkinson in the hunt for ASP title at Pipe.
JoliMick Fanning has an outside shot at the ASP World Title as the race comes down to the last event of the season, at the iconic venue Pipeline.
The American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) has honored Julius A Ballanco, PE, CPD, FASPE, with the George W Runkle Award of Merit for his dedication and inspired service to the advancement of the ideals and goals of the Society.
Critical markers to tissue aging discovered, ASPS study reveals.
NORTH NARRABEEN, New South Wales/Australia (Monday, January 11, 2010) – The Billabong ASP World Junior Championships fueled by Monster Energy will commence this morning with the women's Round 1 starting at 9am, men remain on standby.
When you choose a doctor who is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS®), you can rest assured your surgeon is qualified to perform your surgery.
Welcome to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons® (ASPS®) online New Member Orientation .

In science:

Mahoney (ASP Conference Series, San Francisco), in press.
The Formation of Star Clusters
Boily (ASP conference series) Georgakakis, A. E., Forbes, D. A. & Brodie, J. P. 2000, astroph/0011275.
The Formation of Star Clusters
Young Stars Near Earth: Progress and Prospects ASP Conference Series, Vol. ???, 2001 Ray Jayawardhana and Thomas Greene, eds.
Radial-Velocity Monitoring of Members and Candidate Members of the TW Hydrae Association
Origins to Microstructures, ASP Conference Series, Vol. 199. ed. by J. H.
Monitoring the Evolution of the X-ray Remnant of SN 1987A
Sesto 2001 – Tracing Cosmic Evolution with Galaxy Clusters To appear in ASP Conference Series, Vol.
Multi-wavelength Surveys for Distant Clusters
New Horizons in Globular Cluster Astronomy ASP Conference Series, Vol. ???, 2002 Giampaolo Piotto, Georges Meylan, George Djorgovski and Marco Riel lo, eds.
Modern Stellar Evolution Models for Low Mass Stars
Anderson, A. J. 2002, in van Leeuwen F., Hughes J., Piotto G., eds, ω Centauri – A Unique Window into Astrophysics, ASP Conf.
A Simple Dynamical Model for Omega Cen
Leeuwen, F., Le Poole, R. S., Reijns, R. A., Freeman, K. C., & de Zeeuw, P. T. 2000, A&A, 360, 472 van Leeuwen F., Hughes J., Piotto G., eds, 2002, Omega Centauri – a unique window into astrophysics, ASP Conf.
A Simple Dynamical Model for Omega Cen
Merritt, D. 2000, in ASP Conf. 197, Dynamics of Galaxies: from the Early Universe to the Present, ed. F.
The formation of galaxy stellar cores by the hierarchical merging of supermassive black holes
IAU Symposium 217: Recycling intergalactic and interstel lar matter ASP Conference Series, Vol.
Environmental Effects on the Kinematics of Virgo Cluster Galaxies
We also thank Matteo Baldoni (University of Torino, Italy), for his clarification on some aspe cts related with Dylog and Paolo Torroni (University of Bologna, Italy) for his support in the description of ALIAS and LAILA.
Logic-Based Specification Languages for Intelligent Software Agents
The Planet Finder: proposal for a 2nd generation VLT Instrument. In Scientific frontiers in research on extrasolar planets, ASP Conference Series Vol. 294, D.
Coronographic Methods for the Detection of Terrestrial Planets
Beuermann, K., & Burwitz, V. 1995, in Cape Workshop on Magnetic Cataclysmic Variables, ASP Conf.
New Low Accretion-Rate Magnetic Binary Systems and their Significance for the Evolution of Cataclysmic Variables
Kolb, U. 2002, in The Physics of Cataclysmic Variables and Related Ob jects, ASP Conf.
New Low Accretion-Rate Magnetic Binary Systems and their Significance for the Evolution of Cataclysmic Variables
Schmidt, G. 2004, in The Astrophysics of Cataclysmic Variables and Related Ob jects, ASP Conf.
New Low Accretion-Rate Magnetic Binary Systems and their Significance for the Evolution of Cataclysmic Variables