1 (also bone marrow) A soft fatty substance in the cavities of bones, in which blood cells are produced (often taken as typifying strength and vitality).
- Stem cells have been isolated from the central nervous system, bone marrow, and blood of adults.
- In general, magnetic resonance is excellent for imaging soft tissue and bone marrow.
- During a transplant, healthy bone marrow will be fed into your blood stream.
2 (also vegetable marrow) British A white-fleshed green-skinned gourd, which is eaten as a vegetable.
- Other specialist bags have been developed especially for salads and vegetables including even marrows and courgettes.
- Lots of vegetables should be ready to harvest now including marrows, onions and sweetcorn.
- Unripe fruits are cooked as a vegetable in the same way as marrows.
to the marrow
- To one’s innermost being: a sight which chilled me to the marrowMore example sentences
- He turned, chilled to the marrow, which was, evidently, a nastily foreign feeling.
- And then he was bursting through the main door, the chill late-afternoon wind throwing snowflakes against his sweat-streaked face and chilling him to the marrow.
- And when you returned, wide-eyed with fright and chilled to the marrow, you were secretly amazed at your own survival.
- Example sentences
- "Thy bones are marrowless thy blood is cold! The lords and their spouses depart the castle at speed; under the impression their new king is crazy.
- Far indeed from being marrowless, this cookbook is an entertainingly spirited work full of recipes and suggestions tested by the author, as well as running comments and asides.
- But, instead of standing there using vague generalities, it would be interesting if you would tell us what these old marrowless truths are, that we are nourished on.
- Example sentences
- A purebred straight to the marrowy core of his bones, Heinz uses his regal demeanor and prized heredity to set him on a pedestal overlooking the competition.
- I was expecting much more of the latter, as the brown marrowy stuff had much more flavor than the white fatty stuff.
- There is clear, sweet water in the middle of that marrowy substance which is very refreshing.
Entry from British & World English dictionary
(also marra, marrer)
nounNorthern English & Scottish
late Middle English: probably from Old Norse margr 'many', also 'friendly, communicative'.