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noun 
  1. (uncountable) A rock of crystalline limestone.
Open thy marble jaws, O tomb / And hide me, earth, in thy dark womb."George Frederic Handel, Jeptha
  1. (countable) A small spherical ball of rock or glass used in children's games.
Translations: 
  • Dutch: knikker
  • French: bille
  • German: Murmel
  • Italian: biglia , pallina
  • Spanish: canica , balita (italbrac, Paraguay), bola (italbrac, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Peru, Southern Spain), bola de cristal (italbrac, Colombian regional usage - standard term : canica), bola de vidrio (italbrac, Puerto Rico), boliche (italbrac, Spain's Canary Islands), bolindre (italbrac, Southwestern Spain), bolita (italbrac, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Uruguay), cachina (italbrac, Bolivia), chibola (italbrac, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala), mable (italbrac, Honduras), maule (italbrac, Honduras, Northern Nicaragua), metra (italbrac, Venezuela)
Etymology: From Anglo-Norman and marbre, from marmor, from Ancient Greek (polytonic, ) (perhaps related to (polytonic, ) "gleaming"). Much of the early classical marble came from the 'Marmaris' sea above the Aegean. The forms from French replaced Old English marma, which had already been borrowed directly from the Latin.


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