From Middle English alabastre, from Old French alabastre, from Latin alabaster ("box for perfume made of alabaster"), from Ancient Greek ἀλάβαστρος, from earlier ἀλάβαστος. This may further derive from Egyptian ꜥj-r-bꜣstjt. The Latin suffix -aster is unrelated, but may have influenced the spelling of the borrowing from Ancient Greek (whence a direct loan could have been rendered as *alabastrus).
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