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Purbeck marble

Purbeck stone

noun
  1. a fossil-rich limestone that takes a high polish: used for building, etc
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Word Origin

C15: named after Purbeck, Dorset, where it is quarried
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Historical Examples

  • At Kingsbere-sub-Greenhill: rows and rows of you in your vaults, with your effigies under Purbeck-marble canopies.

    Tess of the d'Urbervilles

    Thomas Hardy