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From Italian cippollino (a little onion), from cipolla (onion) (compare English cibol). So called because its veins consist, like onions, of different strata, one lying upon another.


cipolin (countable and uncountable, plural cipolins)

  1. (mineralogy) A whitish marble from Rome, containiing pale greenish zones. It consists of calcium carbonate, with zones and cloudings of talc.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for cipolin in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)