• WordNet 3.6
    • n aspic savory jelly based on fish or meat stock used as a mold for meats or vegetables
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: When Catherine de Medici married Henry II of France (1533) she brought forks with her, as well as several master Florentine cooks. Foods never before seen in France were soon being served using utensils instead of fingers or daggers. She is said to have introduced spinach (which "à la Florentine" usually means) as well as aspics, sweetbreads, artichoke hearts, truffles, liver crépinettes, quenelles of poultry, macaroons, ice cream, and zabagliones.
    • n Aspic A European species of lavender (Lavandula spica), which produces a volatile oil. See Spike.
    • Aspic A piece of ordnance carrying a 12 pound shot.
    • n Aspic A savory meat jelly containing portions of fowl, game, fish, hard boiled eggs, etc.
    • Aspic The venomous asp.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n aspic A venomous serpent: same as asp, but used chiefly in poetry.
    • n aspic A piece of ordnance of small caliber.
    • n aspic The great lavender, Lavandula spica. See lavender.
    • n aspic In cookery, a side dish consisting of a clear, savory meat-jelly containing fowl, game, fish, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Aspic 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).
    • n Aspic as′pik (poet.) a venomous serpent.
    • n Aspic as′pik a savoury meat-jelly containing fish, game, hard-boiled eggs, &c.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., a corrupt. of spic,OF. espi, F. épi,), L. spica, spicum, spicus,), ear, spike. See Spike
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Littré suggests its derivation from aspic, asp, because it is 'cold as an aspic,' a French proverb.


In literature:

It is also good cold with aspic jelly.
"The Cook's Decameron: A Study in Taste:" by Mrs. W. G. Waters
They are now as toads and aspics.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 85, November, 1864" by Various
There should be," he reverted, "lamb cutlets in aspic.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
In a square, flat pan a half-inch layer of aspic is laid.
"American Cookery" by Various
The aspic from the centres should have been preserved and used to chop with more to garnish the dish.
"Choice Cookery" by Catherine Owen
The aspic referred to is ordinary gelatin mixed with soup stock instead of plain water.
"The Suffrage Cook Book"
"Nelson's Home Comforts" by Mary Hooper
Sour Jelly (Aspic) 268 918.
"Desserts and Salads" by Gesine Lemcke
At a corresponding party in London there would have been soups, souffles, aspic, truffles, and ortolans.
"Memoirs of Life and Literature" by W. H. Mallock
The quails in aspic and the sparkling hock had evidently opened their hearts to one another.
"Miss Cayley's Adventures" by Grant Allen

In poetry:

His house stood on a Cliff, - it did,
Its aspic it was cool;
And many thousand little boys
Resorted to his school,
Where if of progress they could boast
He gave them heaps of buttered toast.
"He Lived at Dingle Bank" by Edward Lear
I suddenly smeared the weekday map
splashing paint from a glass;
On a plate of aspic I revealed the ocean's slanted cheek. On the scales of a tin fish
I read the summons of new lips. And you could you perform
a nocturne on a drainpipe flute?
"And Could You?" by Vladimir Mayakovsky

In news:

This tomato aspic is like a wobbly take on a Virgin Mary.
The world's economic crisis does not seem to have been unkind to you, Vladimir Putin notes as we sit down to a lunch that begins with calf's tail in aspic.
Regrettable Food': From aspic to potted meat.
Regrettable Food': From aspic to potted meat.
At Praia das Macas, in the orange aspic of evening light, I saw horsemen galloping through surf like centaurs emerging from the sea.