- 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
Examples from the Web for marrowless
Nae equal to you but our dog Sorkie, and he's dead, so ye're marrowless.The Proverbs of Scotland
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
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.
- the fatty network of connective tissue that fills the cavities of bones
- the vital part; essence
- rich food
- British short for vegetable marrow
- Northeast English dialect, mainly Durham a companion, esp a workmate
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.
- Bone marrow.
- The spinal cord.
- See bone marrow.