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Alabaster is a smooth translucent stone that is usually white, but it can also be a mix of an orange and white; and maybe some other colors. I’m not sure. Do I look like an expert on stone? I’m not.

Alabaster is often carved into sculptures and ornaments.

The word alabaster can also be used as an adjective. In this case, it means that what you are describing has the smoothness and creamy whiteness of alabaster stone. You can, for example, talk of someone’s alabaster skin.

Warning: If you tell an insecure, heterosexual male that he has alabaster skin he might hit you over the head with a blunt instrument, possibly a block of alabaster. I’m heterosexual and insecure, but I’m also nonviolent, so you’re probably safe with me. Just don’t expect to become a close friend with comments like that.

If you tell people with dark-colored skin that they have alabaster skin they might look at you like you’re an idiot. If you are an idiot then their looks would be appropriate, so that would be OK. Whether or not they get violent as a result of your comment depends on the individuals, so caution is advised.

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