Definition of Purbeck marble in English:

Purbeck marble

Line breaks: Pur|beck mar¦ble
Pronunciation: /ˈpəːbɛk
(also Purbeck stone)


[mass noun]
  • A hard limestone from Purbeck in Dorset, which is polished and used for decorative parts of buildings, fonts, and effigies.
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    • A startling image shows Salisbury nave at high level from behind a glossy black Purbeck marble column and capital which dominate the foreground.
    • By contrast, also at Chelsea, Mark Gregory's stunning design to incorporate a garden home office had Purbeck stone stepping stones making a pathway over a still pool.
    • But it's being plastered, it's having Purbeck stone flooring, which is a hardline stone from the Swanage area in south of England.

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