Tuesday, October 9, 2012


marmoreal [mɑrˈmɔriəl] a.

1.) Resembling marble or a marble statue; cold, smooth, white, etc., like marble.
2.) Made or composed of marble.

Etymology: from Latin marmoreus (from marmor, marble) + -al.

"Is it a young and comely peasant-nurse
That poseth? (be the phrase accorded me!)
Each feminine delight of florid lip,
Eyes brimming o'er and brow bowed down with live,
Marmoreal neck and bosom uberous,—
Glad on the paper in a trice they go
To help this notion of the Mother-maid:
Methinks I see it, chalk a little stumped!"
(The Ring and the Book, Robert Browning, 1869).

(Madame X, John Singer Sargent, 1884)


Debra She Who Seeks said...

I wasn't even close. My guess is that it meant "like a marmot." They're so cute. I like whistling marmots in particular, although they are an endangered species now here in Canada.

D4 said...

I feel awkward saying this one out loud.

Meri said...

I read an entire novel based on that painting. It was actually pretty engrossing.

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