- Made of or likened to marble.
“As the artists drew him, the model stood so still he was practically marmoreal.”
“The contractor claimed that his new application process would give her driveway finish a marmoreal appearance.”
“The marmoreal statue is too heavy to be moved from the garden.”
Latin, late 18th century
Why this word?
“Marmoreal” is based on the Latin “marmoreus,” meaning “like marble.” In recent years, the vogue for marble countertops and tiles has given rise to an industry of marmoreal building materials. These products are not real marble, but many buyers are looking for a marmoreal appearance without the cost (and weight) of authentic marble.
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