Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Bone marrow.
  • n. The spinal cord.
  • n. The inmost, choicest, or essential part; the pith.
  • n. Strength or vigor; vitality.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A friend, pal, buddy, mate.
  • n. The substance inside bones which produces blood cells.
  • n. A kind of vegetable like a large courgette/zucchini or squash.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The tissue which fills the cavities of most bones; the medulla. In the larger cavities it is commonly very fatty, but in the smaller cavities it is much less fatty, and red or reddish in color.
  • n. The essence; the best part.
  • n. One of a pair; a match; a companion; an intimate associate.
  • transitive v. To fill with, or as with, marrow or fat; to glut.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A soft tissue found in the interior of bones, both in the cylindrical hollow of the long bones and in the hollows of cancellated bony structures; the medulla or medullary matter of bone.
  • n. The pith of plants.
  • n. The pulp of fruits.
  • n. Figuratively, the inner substance; the essence; the essential strength; the inner meaning, purpose, etc.; the pith.
  • n. The alligator-pear. See avocado.
  • To fill with marrow or with fat.
  • n. A companion or mate; an associate; an intimate friend; a fellow; hence, one of a pair of either persons or things; a match: as, your knife's the very marrow o' mine.
  • To associate with; hence, to match; fit.
  • Soft; tender.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any of various squash plants grown for their elongated fruit with smooth dark green skin and whitish flesh
  • n. large elongated squash with creamy to deep green skins
  • n. very tender and very nutritious tissue from marrowbones
  • n. the fatty network of connective tissue that fills the cavities of bones
  • n. the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience

Etymologies

Middle English marow, from Old English mearg.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old Norse margr. (Wiktionary)
Middle English mary, marow, marowe, marowȝ, from Old English mearg, from Proto-Germanic *mazgan, *mazgaz, from Proto-Indo-European *mozgos. See Dutch merg and Russian мозг ("brain"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • In the bodies of the long bones the marrow is of a yellow color, and contains, in 100 parts, 96 of fat, 1 of areolar tissue and vessels, and 3 of fluid with extractive matter; it consists of a basis of connective tissue supporting numerous bloodvessels and cells, most of which are fat cells but some are “marrow cells, ” such as occur in the red marrow to be immediately described.

    II. Osteology. 2. Bone

  • The red marrow consists of a small quantity of connective tissue, bloodvessels, and numerous cells (Fig. 72), some few of which are fat cells, but the great majority are roundish nucleated cells, the true “marrow cells” of Kölliker.

    II. Osteology. 2. Bone

  • Before chemotherapy treatment begins, marrow is removedfrom the bones and stored; the marrow is then replaced.

    Rhabdomyosarcoma

  • I have a hard time believing a band of cutthroats would operate in this manner, but what really chills the marrow is the Clan's glib acceptance of these robbers who, as far as the Clan is concerned, winnow out the riff-raff.

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  • The result was a dish that was carnal, and as barbaric as digging marrow from the bone can be, but also refined, by digging it out with a demitasse spoon.

    Bone Marrow--"Light of my life, fire of my loins."

  • The marrow is to be eaten "like tapanade" but without the olives.

    Bone Marrow--"Light of my life, fire of my loins."

  • The marrow is still there, but what's around it is brittle and splintered.

    fourfour:

  • From what I read in the information leaflets the process of actually donating bone marrow is fairly straightforward too.

    Donors Urgently Needed For Ben (aged 16) « POLICE INSPECTOR BLOG

  • Bone marrow is removed from the bone (usually the hipbone) either by aspiration (suctioning a small amount through a hollow needle) or by biopsy (cutting out a small piece of bone marrow).

    Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma - Diagnosis and Treatment

  • For this test, a small amount of bone marrow is removed from the hip with a needle and examined under a microscope.

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  • Umm... actually Dead Poets Society got it from Thoreau.

    August 1, 2009

  • SUCK THE MARROW OUT OF LIFE!!!!
    -The Dead Poet's Society

    August 1, 2009