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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English mary, marow, marwe, marowȝ, from Old English mearg, from Proto-West Germanic *maʀg, from Proto-Germanic *mazgą, *mazgaz, from Proto-Indo-European *mosgʰos. Compare West Frisian moarch, Dutch merg, German Mark, Swedish märg, Icelandic mergur, and also Russian мозг (mozg, brain), Polish mózg (brain), Persian مغز(mağz, brain).



marrow (countable and uncountable, plural marrows)

Transected beef bones, exposing the marrow inside
Vegetable marrows
  1. (uncountable) The substance inside bones which produces blood cells.
    • 1914, Louis Joseph Vance, chapter III, in Nobody, New York, N.Y.: George H[enry] Doran Company, published 1915, →OCLC:
      Turning back, then, toward the basement staircase, she began to grope her way through blinding darkness, but had taken only a few uncertain steps when, of a sudden, she stopped short and for a little stood like a stricken thing, quite motionless save that she quaked to her very marrow in the grasp of a great and enervating fear.
    • 2004, Bloodbath, Eaten:
      Chop me up, I like to be hurt / Drink my marrow and blood for dessert
  2. (countable) A kind of vegetable like a large courgette/zucchini or squash.
    • 1847, Sir Robert Hermann Schomburgk, “Steam-Boat Voyage to Barbados”, in Bentley's Miscellany, volume XXII, London: Richard Bentley, page 37:
      The finest European vegetables, cabbages, cauliflowers, potatoes, vegetable marrow, were lying in the market-hall, awaiting purchasers.
  3. The pith of certain plants.
  4. The essence; the best part.
  5. The inner meaning or purpose.
  6. (medicine, colloquial) Bone marrow biopsy.
    This patient will have a marrow today.
  7. (obsolete) Semen.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Old Norse margr.

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marrow (plural marrows)

  1. (Tyneside, informal) A friend, pal, buddy, mate.
    Cheers marrow!
  2. (Scotland or archaic) One of a pair; a match; a companion; an intimate associate.
    • c. 1620, anonymous, “Tom o’ Bedlam’s Song” in Giles Earle his Booke (British Museum, Additional MSS. 24, 665):
      The moon’s my constant Mistresse
      & the lowlie owle my morrowe.
      The flaming Drake and yͤ Nightcrowe make
      mee musicke to my sorrowe.
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  • Northumberland Words, English Dialect Society, R. Oliver Heslop, 1893–4
  • A List of words and phrases in everyday use by the natives of Hetton-le-Hole in the County of Durham, F.M.T.Palgrave, English Dialect Society vol.74, 1896, [1]