marrow

1
[mar-oh]

noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. married print,
  2. marriedly,
  3. marriner,
  4. marron,
  5. marrons glacés,
  6. marrow fat,
  7. marrow squash,
  8. marrowbone,
  9. marrowbones,
  10. marrowfat

Origin of marrow

1
before 900; Middle English mar(o)we, Old English mearg; cognate with Dutch merg, German Mark, Old Norse mergr

Related formsmar·row·ish, adjectivemar·row·less, adjectivemar·row·y, adjective

marrow

2
[mar-oh; Scot. mar-uh]

noun Scot. and North England.

a partner; fellow worker.
a spouse; helpmate.
a companion; close friend.

Origin of marrow

2
1400–50; late Middle English marwe fellow worker, partner, perhaps < Old Norse margr friendly, literally, many

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British Dictionary definitions for marrow

marrow

1

noun

the fatty network of connective tissue that fills the cavities of bones
the vital part; essence
vitality
rich food
British short for vegetable marrow
Derived Formsmarrowy, adjective

Word Origin for marrow

Old English mærg; related to Old Frisian merg, Old Norse mergr

noun

Northeast English dialect, mainly Durham a companion, esp a workmate

Word Origin for marrow

C15 marwe fellow worker, perhaps of Scandinavian origin; compare Icelandic margr friendly

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Word Origin and History for marrow

marrow

n.

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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Medicine definitions for marrow

marrow

[mărō]

n.

Bone marrow.
The spinal cord.

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Science definitions for marrow

marrow

[mărō]

See bone marrow.
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Culture definitions for marrow

marrow

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.

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