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Marble

Pronunciation: 'mär-b&l

Function: noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Old French marbre, from Latin marmor, from Greek marmaros

1 a : limestone that is more or less crystallized by metamorphism, that ranges from granular to compact in texture, that is capable of taking a high polish, and that is used especially in architecture and sculpture b : something (as a piece of sculpture) composed of or made from marble c : something suggesting marble (as in hardness, coldness, or smoothness)

2 a : a little ball made of a hard substance (as glass) and used in various games b plural but singular in construction : any of several games played with these little balls

3 : MARBLING

4 plural : elements of common sense; especially : SANITY

 

Source: Merriam-Webster

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Taken on September 20, 2005