One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Made of or likened to marble.
- ‘As such, his physique evokes the structure of bodybuilding's frontiersmen: marmoreal monsters who were as thick and deep as they were wide, because they defied their bodies rather than ‘listened to them.’’
- ‘The Virgin's body and neck are dramatically attenuated, and her marmoreal forehead and glossy curls are decorated with ropes of pearls and an enormous ruby.’
- ‘In the walls at the two sides of the high altar, there are two elegant small choirs in red marble, placed on marmoreal portal as well, and the two Chancels with big seventeenth century organs.’
- ‘The oxymoronic ‘gripped undulation’ suggests the marmoreal petrifaction of a wave at the ‘salt margin’ of the sea; whilst the last two lines allegorise the image of a pilot ejecting from mortality.’
- ‘A Victorian era adjective floats to mind: marmoreal, with its connotations of smoothness, paleness, and death.’
- ‘The juxtaposition of very loud and very soft chords (with many pregnant pauses in between) creates a frozen or marmoreal effect.’
Late 18th century: from Latin marmoreus (from marmor ‘marble’) + -al.
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