Word of the Day Archive
Monday March 25, 2013
marmoreal \mahr-MAWR-ee-uhl, -MOHR-\
of or like marble: skin of marmoreal smoothness.
Under the white banner of Andrew there was Renaul, and true love, and the ancient Greeks, with their lofty rhetoric and marmoreal beauty…
-- Daniel Mendelsohn, "The American Boy," The New Yorker, Jan. 7, 2013
Then she sank back into her immobility and marmoreal silence.
-- Victor Hugo, The Hunchback of Notre-Dame, 1831
First appearing in English in the late 1700s, marmoreal comes from the Latin term marmoreus, which literally means "of marble."