(Al) a. All. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(Al-). A prefix. (a) [AS. eal.] All; wholly; completely; as, almighty, almost. (b) [L. ad.] To; at; on;
in OF. shortened to a-. See Ad-. (c) The Arabic definite article answering to the English the; as,
Alkoran, the Koran or the Book; alchemy, the chemistry.
(Al). conj. Although; if. [Obs.] See All, conj.
(||A"la) n.; pl. Alæ [L., a wing.] (Biol.) A winglike organ, or part.
(Al`a*ba"ma pe"ri*od) (Geol.) A period in the American eocene, the lowest in the tertiary
age except the lignitic.
(Al"a*bas"ter) n. [L. alabaster, Gr. said to be derived fr. Alabastron, the name of a town in
Egypt, near which it was common: cf. OF. alabastre, F. albâtre.]
1. (Min.) (a) A compact variety or sulphate of lime, or gypsum, of fine texture, and usually white and
translucent, but sometimes yellow, red, or gray. It is carved into vases, mantel ornaments, etc. (b) A
hard, compact variety of carbonate of lime, somewhat translucent, or of banded shades of color; stalagmite.
The name is used in this sense by Pliny. It is sometimes distinguished as oriental alabaster.
2. A box or vessel for holding odoriferous ointments, etc.; so called from the stone of which it was
originally made. Fosbroke.
(Al`a*bas"tri*an) a. Alabastrine.
(Al`a*bas"trine) a. Of, pertaining to, or like, alabaster; as alabastrine limbs.
(||Al`a*bas"trum) n.; pl. Alabastra [NL.] (Bot.) A flower bud. Gray.