Definition of Purbeck marble in English:

Purbeck marble

(also Purbeck stone)


  • [mass noun] A hard limestone from Purbeck in Dorset, which is polished and used for decorative parts of buildings, fonts, and effigies.

    • ‘A startling image shows Salisbury nave at high level from behind a glossy black Purbeck marble column and capital which dominate the foreground.’
    • ‘By contrast, also at Chelsea, Mark Gregory's stunning design to incorporate a garden home office had Purbeck stone stepping stones making a pathway over a still pool.’
    • ‘But it's being plastered, it's having Purbeck stone flooring, which is a hardline stone from the Swanage area in south of England.’


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