μάρμαρος

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Ancient Greek[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Uncertain, possibly Pre-Greek. Perhaps from μαρμαίρω (marmaírō, I sparkle). Roberts suggests Proto-Indo-European *mer-, *mor-, *mr- (to rub away, cause harm, to die), in the sense of marble's fragility.[1]

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Noun[edit]

μάρμαρος (mármarosm (genitive μαρμάρου); second declension

  1. crystalline rock
  2. marble
    1. anything made of marble, tombstone
    2. marble chips

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References[edit]

  1. ^ A Comprehensive Etymological Dictionary of the Spanish Language with Families of Words based on Indo-European Roots, "marmaros" p. 844