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ETYM Old Eng. marbel, marbre, French marbre, Latin marmor, from Greek marmaros, from marmairein to sparkle, flash. Related to Marmoreal.
1. A hard crystalline metamorphic rock that takes a high polish; used for sculpture and as building material.
2. A sculpture carved from marble.
3. A small ball of glass that is used in various games.
Rock formed by metamorphosis of sedimentary limestone. It takes and retains a good polish, and is used in building and sculpture. In its pure form it is white and consists almost entirely of calcite CaCO3. Mineral impurities give it various colors and patterns. Carrara, Italy, is known for white marble.