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cipolin

Line breaks: cipo|lin
Pronunciation: /ˈsɪpəlɪn
 
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Definition of cipolin in English:

noun

[mass noun]
An Italian marble with veins of talc, mica, or quartz, showing alternating white and green streaks: [as modifier]: hand-painted cipolin marble plates
More example sentences
  • It has three naves with a double row of ancient cipolin marble columns.
  • The peristyle is bordered by a double gallery with 60 granite and cipolin columns.
  • The stairway is lined with cipolin marble.

Origin

late 18th century: from French, from Italian cipollino, from cipolla 'onion' (because its structure, having thin veins of other minerals, resembles onion skin).

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