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marrow1

[mar-oh] /ˈmær oʊ/
noun
1.
Anatomy. a soft, fatty, vascular tissue in the interior cavities of bones that is a major site of blood cell production.
2.
the inmost or essential part:
to pierce to the marrow of a problem.
3.
strength or vitality:
Fear took the marrow out of him.
4.
rich and nutritious food.
5.
Chiefly British, vegetable marrow.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English mar(o)we, Old English mearg; cognate with Dutch merg, German Mark, Old Norse mergr
Related forms
marrowish, adjective
marrowless, adjective
marrowy, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for marrowish

marrow1

/ˈmærəʊ/
noun
1.
the fatty network of connective tissue that fills the cavities of bones
2.
the vital part; essence
3.
vitality
4.
rich food
5.
(Brit) short for vegetable marrow
Derived Forms
marrowy, adjective
Word Origin
Old English mærg; related to Old Frisian merg, Old Norse mergr

marrow2

/ˈmærəʊ; -rə/
noun
1.
(Northeast English, dialect, mainly Durham) a companion, esp a workmate
Word Origin
C15 marwe fellow worker, perhaps of Scandinavian origin; compare Icelandic margr friendly
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Word Origin and History for marrowish

marrow

n.

late 14c., from Old English mearg "marrow," earlier mærh, from Proto-Germanic *mazga- (cf. Old Norse mergr, Old Saxon marg, Old Frisian merg, Middle Dutch march, Dutch merg, Old High German marg, German Mark "marrow"), from PIE *mozgo- "marrow" (cf. Sanskrit majjan-, Avestan mazga- "marrow," Old Church Slavonic mozgu, Lithuanian smagenes "brain"). Figurative sense of "inmost or central part" is attested from c.1400.

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marrowish in Medicine

marrow mar·row (mār'ō)
n.

  1. Bone marrow.

  2. The spinal cord.

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marrowish in Science
marrow
  (mār'ō)   
See bone marrow.
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marrowish in Culture

marrow definition


The soft, specialized connective tissue that fills the cavities of bones. One kind of bone marrow is responsible for manufacturing red blood cells in the body.

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