From Latin marmoreus, from marmor (marble).


  • IPA(key): /mɑːˈmɔːɹɪəl/
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marmoreal (comparative more marmoreal, superlative most marmoreal)

  1. Resembling marble or a marble statue.
    • 1943, H. P. Lovecraft, The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath
      For in no wise could he leave that lofty spot, or descend the wide marmoreal flights.
    • 1949, Italo Calvino, Difficult Loves:
      If, as I said, his fingertips arrived at this, perhaps her flesh, marmoreal and lazy, was hardly aware that these were, in fact, fingertips, and not for example, nails or knuckles.
    • 1950, Mervyn Peake, Gormenghast
      Irma had collapsed into a chair, and her long marmoreal face was buried in her hands.
    • 1985, Anthony Burgess, Kingdom of the Wicked:
      The gods, of course, were a quite farcical invention, though necessary for the as it were marmoreal exaltation of the civic virtues.