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.
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- 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.
Words that rhyme with marrowarrow, barrow, farrow, harrow, Jarrow, narrow, sparrow, taro, tarot, Varro, yarrow
Entry from British & World English dictionary
(also marra, marrer)
nounNorthern English & Scottish
Late Middle English: probably from Old Norse margr 'many', also 'friendly, communicative'.
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