marbly

marbly

[mahr-blee]
adjective
like marble in appearance, hardness, coldness, etc.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English; see marble, -y1

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marble (ˈmɑːbəl)
 
n
1.  a.  a hard crystalline metamorphic rock resulting from the recrystallization of a limestone: takes a high polish and is used for building and sculpture
 b.  (as modifier): a marble bust Related: marmoreal
2.  a block or work of art of marble
3.  a small round glass or stone ball used in playing marbles
4.  informal (Austral), (NZ) make one's marble good to succeed or do the right thing
5.  informal (Austral) pass in one's marble to die
 
vb
6.  (tr) to mottle with variegated streaks in imitation of marble
 
adj
7.  cold, hard, or unresponsive
8.  white like some kinds of marble
 
Related: marmoreal
 
[C12: via Old French from Latin marmor, from Greek marmaros, related to Greek marmairein to gleam]
 
'marbled
 
adj
 
'marbler
 
n
 
'marbly
 
adj

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