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 (mär-môr′ē-əl) also mar·mo·re·an (-ē-ən)
Resembling marble, as in smoothness, whiteness, or hardness.

[From Latin marmoreus, from marmor, marble.]

mar·mo′re·al·ly adv.


(mɑːˈmɔːrɪəl) or less commonly


(Geological Science) of, relating to, or resembling marble: a marmoreal complexion.
[C18: from Latin marmoreus, from marmor marble]
marˈmoreally adv


(mɑrˈmɔr i əl, -ˈmoʊr-)

also mar•mo′re•an,

of or like marble.
[1790–1800; < Latin marmore(us) made of marble (see marble, -eous) + -al1]
mar•mo′re•al•ly, adv.
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Adj.1.marmoreal - of or relating to or characteristic of marble


[mɑːˈmɔːrɪəl] ADJmarmóreo


adjmarmorn, aus Marmor; (= resembling marble)marmorartig
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She takes us from ambivalence and excuse making to a quiet lament before those marmoreal signifiers of the divine.