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Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English mary, marow, marowe, marowȝ, from Old English mearg, from Proto-Germanic *mazgą, *mazgaz, from Proto-Indo-European *mozgos, *mosgʰos. Compare West Frisian moarch, Dutch merg, German Mark, Swedish märg, Icelandic mergur, and also Russian мозг ("brain").



marrow (plural marrows)

Transected beef bones, exposing the marrow inside
  1. (uncountable) The substance inside bones which produces blood cells.
    • 1914, Louis Joseph Vance, Nobody, chapter III:
      Turning back, then, toward the basement staircase, she began to grope her way through blinding darkness, but had taken only a few uncertain steps when, of a sudden, she stopped short and for a little stood like a stricken thing, quite motionless save that she quaked to her very marrow in the grasp of a great and enervating fear.
  2. (countable) A kind of vegetable like a large courgette/zucchini or squash.
    • 1847, Sir Robert Hermann Schomburgk, "Steam-Boat Voyage to Barbados", Bentley's Miscellany, Vol XXII, London: Richard Bentley, p.37:
      The finest European vegetables, cabbages, cauliflowers, potatoes, vegetable marrow, were lying in the market-hall, awaiting purchasers.
  3. The essence; the best part.
    • William Shakespeare (c.1564–1616)
      It takes from our achievements [] / The pith and marrow of our attribute.
    • Thomas Tusser (1524-1580)
      Chopping and changing I cannot commend, / With thief or his marrow, for fear of ill end.
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Etymology 2Edit

From Old Norse margr.

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marrow (plural marrows)

  1. (Geordie, informal) A friend, pal, buddy, mate.
    Cheers marrow!
  2. (Scotland) One of a pair; a match; a companion; an intimate associate.

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