One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An Italian marble with veins of talc, mica, or quartz, showing alternating white and green streaks.as modifier ‘hand-painted cipolin marble plates’
- ‘It has three naves with a double row of ancient cipolin marble columns.’
- ‘The stairway is lined with cipolin marble.’
- ‘The peristyle is bordered by a double gallery with 60 granite and cipolin columns.’
- ‘Housing the collection are three cipolin marble-tile pavilions.’
- ‘These terraces were separated from the rest of the cavea by a green cipolin balustrade.’
Late 18th century: from French, from Italian cipollino, from cipolla ‘onion’ (because its structure, having thin veins of other minerals, resembles onion skin).
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