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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
asp
noun
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▪ Among its spools and needles, a pet asp restlessly wound itself about.
▪ Still, even in Biarritz asps are presumably hard to come by and the audience was in no mood to be critical.
▪ Unconsciously, it may have been, her fingers closed upon the asp.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
asp

Haje \Ha"je\ (h[aum]"j[-e]), n. [Ar. hayya snake.] (Zo["o]l.) The Egyptian asp or cobra ( Naja haje.) It is related to the cobra of India, and like the latter has the power of inflating its neck into a hood. Its bite is very venomous. It is supposed to be the snake by means of whose bite Cleopatra committed suicide, and hence is sometimes called Cleopatra's snake or asp. See Asp.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
asp

poisonous snake, 1520s, earlier aspis (mid-14c.), from Old French aspe "asp" (13c.) or directly from Latin aspidem (nominative aspis), from Greek aspis "an asp, Egyptian viper," literally "shield;" the serpent so called probably in reference to its neck hood.

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acr. An extensible baton, used by police and security officers. From the name of the manufacturer: Amalgamated Security Products. init. 1 Active Server Pages 2 Application Service Provider 3 (context military English) (w: Ammunition Supply Point) 4 (context: finance) (w: Average Selling Price)

WordNet
asp
  1. n. of southern Europe; similar to but smaller than the adder [syn: asp viper, Vipera aspis]

  2. cobra used by the Pharaohs as a symbol of their power over life and death [syn: Egyptian cobra, Naja haje]

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Asp may refer to:

Asp (comics)

The Asp (Cleo Nefertiti) is a former supervillain appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character has been depicted as a member of the villanous Serpent Society as well as the group BAD Girls, Inc., a group of all female adventures. She was created by writer Mark Gruenwald and artist Paul Neary, and first appeared in Captain America #310, published October 1985.

Egyptian Cleo Nefertiti took up her criminal career using the name Asp as part of the Serpent Society where she formed a friendship with Black Mamba and Diamondback. During one her first jobs with the Serpent Society she was contracted to kill M.O.D.O.K., but ran into Captain America during the job. When Viper took control of the Serpent Society from Sidewinder Asp, Black Mamba and Bushmaster refused to betray their leader. With the aid of Captain America they managed to defeat the Viper.

Together with Black Mamba and Diamondback Asp broke away from the Serpent Society and formed BAD Girls, Inc., who, while not being outright heroes, often aided Captain America and others in taking down various supervillains. During the Marvel Civil War the BAD Girls, Inc. sided with Captain America's forces. She later returned to the Serpent Society.

Asp (reptile)

"Asp" is the modern Anglicisation of the word "aspis," which in antiquity referred to any one of several venomous snake species found in the Nile region. It is believed that aspis referred in Egyptian mythology to what is now known as the Egyptian cobra.

Asp (rocket)

Asp is the designation of an American sounding rocket. Between 1955 and 1962 these were used 30 times to study the explosion clouds of nuclear bombs.

The Asp has a payload ability of 11 kg, a maximum flight height of 110 km, a takeoff thrust of 42.00 kN, a mass of 111 kg, a diameter of 0.17 m, a length of 3.68 m and a fin span of 0.51 m. After 1962 the Asp rocket was used in connection with other sounding rockets.

The Asp was manufactured by Cooper Development Corporation, California. The solid propellant motor was made by Grand Central Rocket company and was used for a variety of uses, including research into hypersonic speed. For a time it was considered as a missile.

ASP (band)

ASP is a German rock band from Frankfurt am Main formed in 1999. The name is identical to the pseudonym of the band's leader Asp (Alexander Spreng), and is pronounced as one word (like the snake).

Asp (fish)

The asp (Aspius aspius) is a European freshwater fish of the Cyprinid family. It is protected by the Bern Convention of endangered species and habitats (Appendix III). Asps are also on the IUCN Red List of endangered species.

Normally, asps are between 10 and 80 cm in length, with some reaching 120 cm, and weighing up to 12 kg. They inhabit lakes and lower reaches of rivers and estuaries. In spring, in April–June, asps migrate from lakes to streams for spawning. Spawning is triggered by the rise in temperature and usually starts at 6°C. The eggs attach to rocks, gravel, and water plants. After around two weeks, they hatch and the fry drift downstream to calmer waters.

Asps can be found in Estonia, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Finland, the Czech Republic, Poland, Ukraine, Romania, Russia, Switzerland, Slovenia, the Netherlands, and Belgium. In Switzerland, asps have migrated through the Rhine-Main-Danube Canal, as in Croatia, Austria, Hungary and Slovakia. In the eastern regions of Europe, it is a common species in flowing waters, and popular for fly and other types of fishing.

Another species of asp ( Aspius vorax) is found in abundance in the lakes and canals in what is now known as Camp Victory Base Complex near Baghdad International Airport. The asp is not believed to be native to this region, but was imported to improve sport fishing opportunities for the prewar ruling political party.

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Usage examples of "asp".

Though burdened by the giant molecules, his sympathetic nervous system and adrenal glands, which were particularly affected in others, were quite indifferent to the asps.

And he seized every spare moment to study the Book of Asper that his father had bequeathed to him.

Safar had been certain, the body of Lord Asper, as well as many secrets.

Palimak had studied the ancient Book of Asper Safar had bequeathed to him long and hard.

But evidently she saw him as a lesser enemy and focused her wrath on the Asper snake.

Then his vision cleared and he saw that the Asper snake was gone and the chamber had returned to its former gloom.

Palimak and his party had left the warrens of the Idol of Asper and were now carrying a strange burden to the airship.

Across from him, hovering over the little island that was home to the Idol of Asper, was the airship.

Hanadu during ancient times when, legend said, Lord Asper had lived in Syrapis.

Book of Asper his father had entrusted to him when they had parted three years before.

Once again he was confronted with another murky verse from Asper that seemed to have meaning.

And that Lord Asper, the old demon master wizard, had been part of the committee of wizards who ended those wars by creating the Forbidden Desert that divided the two species for centuries.

But I think we should eat while the eating is good, and be damned to Asper and the gods.

Even the demon master wizard, Lord Asper, would pale if put beside Lord Timura.

Safar flipped through the pages of the Book of Asper for clues to the proper spell.