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ASPIC (French, from Lat..aspis)

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Originally appearing in Volume V02, Page 769 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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ASPIC (French, from Lat..aspis), an asp or viper found in Egypt whose bite is supposed to cause a swift and easy death, hence poetically a term for any venomous snake. From association, perhaps, with the coldness of the aspic (as in the French proverb, fro-id comme un aspic), the word is used for a savoury jelly containing meat, fish or eggs, &c. It is also the botanical name of the Lavandula silica, or spikenard, from which a white, aromatic and highly inflammable oil is distilled, called huile d'aspic.
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