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1 the fatty network of connective tissue that fills the cavities of bones [syn: bone marrow]
2 any of various squash plants grown for their elongated fruit with smooth dark green skin and whitish flesh [syn: marrow squash, vegetable marrow]
3 very tender and very nutritious tissue from marrowbones [syn: bone marrow]
4 large elongated squash with creamy to deep green skins [syn: vegetable marrow]
5 the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience; "the gist of the prosecutor's argument"; "the heart and soul of the Republican Party"; "the nub of the story" [syn: kernel, substance, core, center, essence, gist, heart, heart and soul, inwardness, meat, nub, pith, sum, nitty-gritty]

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Etymology 1

mary, marow, marowe, marowȝ < mearg < < .



  1. The substance inside bones which produces blood cells.
  2. A kind of vegetable like a large courgette/zucchini or squash.
    • 1847 Sir Robert Schomburgh, Steam-Boat Voyage to Barbados, Bentley's Miscellany, Vol XXII, London: Richard Bentley, page 37.
      The finest European vegetables, cabbages, cauliflowers, potatoes, vegetable marrow, were lying in the market-hall, awaiting purchasers.
substance inside bones
  • Chinese: 髓
  • Czech: morek
  • Dutch: merg
  • Finnish: luuydin
  • French: moelle
  • German: Mark
  • Greek: μεδούλι
  • Indonesian: Sum sum tulang
  • Interlingua: medulla
  • Italian: midollo
  • Maltese: mudullun
  • Northern Sami:
  • Norwegian: marg
  • Polish: szpik
  • Portuguese: medula
  • Russian: костный мозг
  • Skolt Sami:
  • Slovak: špik
  • Spanish: médula
  • Swedish: märg
kind of vegetable
  • Dutch: courgette
  • Finnish: kesäkurpitsa
  • French: courgette
  • German: Flaschenkürbis
  • Italian: zucchina
  • Maltese: qargħa
  • Polish: kabaczek
  • Russian: кабачок
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Etymology 2

From margr.

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  1. In the context of "Geordie|informal": A friend, pal, buddy, mate.
    Cheers marrow!


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