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marbling

[ mahr-bling ]

noun

  1. the act, process, or art of coloring or staining in imitation of variegated marble.
  2. an appearance like that of variegated marble.
  3. the intermixture of fat with lean in a cut of meat, which contributes to flavor and tenderness.
  4. Bookbinding. marblelike decoration on the paper edges, lining, or binding boards of a book.


marbling

/ ˈmɑːblɪŋ /

noun

  1. a mottled effect or pattern resembling marble
  2. such an effect obtained by transferring floating colours from a bath of gum solution
  3. the streaks of fat in lean meat


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Word History and Origins

Origin of marbling1

First recorded in 1680–90; marble + -ing 1
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Example Sentences

The investment in time and effort has led some to compare hoshigaki to Kobe beef, which requires ranchers to massage their cattle daily to achieve rich marbling.

From Eater

Much use of the square, but no more play with the marbling-hammer.

From the viscidity of the several masses, their incorporation is left incomplete, so as to produce the appearance of marbling.

The style of painting floors called "marbling," hardly yet extinct, was a survival of this custom.

More common methods of decorating edges are by marbling and sprinkling, but they are both inferior to plain colouring.

Some pleasant effects are sometimes obtained by marbling edges and then gilding over the marbling.

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