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

Definition of Purbeck marble in English:

noun

[mass noun]
A hard limestone from Purbeck in Dorset, which is polished and used for decorative parts of buildings, fonts, and effigies.
Example sentences
  • 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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