marmorean


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mar·mo·re·al

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

[From Latin marmoreus, from marmor, marble.]

mar·mo′re·al·ly adv.
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Adj.1.marmorean - of or relating to or characteristic of marble
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