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[mar-oh] /ˈmær oʊ/
Anatomy. a soft, fatty, vascular tissue in the interior cavities of bones that is a major site of blood cell production.
the inmost or essential part:
to pierce to the marrow of a problem.
strength or vitality:
Fear took the marrow out of him.
rich and nutritious food.
Chiefly British. vegetable marrow.
Origin of marrow1
before 900; Middle English mar(o)we, Old English mearg; cognate with Dutch merg, German Mark, Old Norse mergr
Related forms
marrowish, adjective
marrowless, adjective
marrowy, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for marrowless
Historical Examples
  • Nae equal to you but our dog Sorkie, and he's dead, so ye're marrowless.

    The Proverbs of Scotland Alexander Hislop
  • Their Christianity is as sapless and fruitless as a dead tree, and as dry and marrowless as an old bone.

    Practical Religion

    John Charles Ryle
  • Shivers ran down his back—his marrowless back, his bloodless body—like a stream of ice-cold water?

    The Twilight of the Souls

    Louis Couperus
  • We cannot think of poor Falstaff going to bed without his cup of sack, or Macbeth fed on bones as marrowless as those of Banquo.

    Chronicles of the Canongate Sir Walter Scott
  • Again and again the idea recurs that all true art must be allegorical, that is to say, marrowless and bloodless.

  • Professor Valeyon had changed from a lusty winter into a broken, infirm, and marrowless thaw.


    Julian Hawthorne
  • I wish you were the eldest son, and that your father were as marrowless as a girl sinking in a consumption.

    The Robbers Friedrich Schiller
  • The trees lost every leaf, and their dry branches rattled like the marrowless joints of a skeleton.

    The Devil's Elixir E. T. A. Hoffmann
British Dictionary definitions for marrowless


the fatty network of connective tissue that fills the cavities of bones
the vital part; essence
rich food
(Brit) short for vegetable marrow
Derived Forms
marrowy, adjective
Word Origin
Old English mærg; related to Old Frisian merg, Old Norse mergr


/ˈmærəʊ; -rə/
(Northeast English, dialect, mainly Durham) a companion, esp a workmate
Word Origin
C15 marwe fellow worker, perhaps of Scandinavian origin; compare Icelandic margr friendly
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Word Origin and History for marrowless



late 14c., from Old English mearg "marrow," earlier mærh, from Proto-Germanic *mazga- (cf. Old Norse mergr, Old Saxon marg, Old Frisian merg, Middle Dutch march, Dutch merg, Old High German marg, German Mark "marrow"), from PIE *mozgo- "marrow" (cf. Sanskrit majjan-, Avestan mazga- "marrow," Old Church Slavonic mozgu, Lithuanian smagenes "brain"). Figurative sense of "inmost or central part" is attested from c.1400.

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marrowless in Medicine

marrow mar·row (mār'ō)

  1. Bone marrow.

  2. The spinal cord.

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marrowless in Science
See bone marrow.
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marrowless in Culture

marrow definition

The soft, specialized connective tissue that fills the cavities of bones. One kind of bone marrow is responsible for manufacturing red blood cells in the body.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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