mar·​bling | \ ˈmär-b(ə-)liŋ How to pronounce marbling (audio) \

Definition of marbling

1 : the action or process of making like marble especially in coloration
2 : coloration or markings resembling or suggestive of marble
3 : an intermixture of fat and lean especially when evenly distributed in a cut of meat

Examples of marbling in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But in terms of ridiculously excessive modern beef production, Wagyu is a single breed of cow that originated in Japan that is genetically predisposed to distributing its fat throughout its muscles, with a degree of marbling that is utterly unique. Wes Siler, Outside Online, 18 Aug. 2020 Luckily, the quality of a true piece of A5 Wagyu is immediately apparent: fine marbling spread so evenly across the entire cut that the white fat blends into the red meat, making the entire steak look light pink. Wes Siler, Outside Online, 18 Aug. 2020 The study, published last month in Nature Communications, is the first to attempt bioprinting Wagyu beef—an expensive cut prized for its tenderness, flavor and delicate fat marbling. Corryn Wetzel, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 Sep. 2021 Wagyu is known for its intense marbling and a rich, tender steak, and this one will simply melt in your mouth. Aly Walansky, Forbes, 18 Jan. 2022 Holy Grail’s Upper Prime program curates only the best of the best Prime beef—only around 1,000 head of cattle per year meet the criteria—offering steaks with the outstanding fat marbling that provides optimal flavor and tenderness. Jeremy Repanich, Robb Report, 11 Nov. 2021 The team needed to recreate the Wagyu's signature intramuscular fat content, known more commonly as fat marbling or sashi. Corryn Wetzel, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 Sep. 2021 Wagyu beef, prized for its marbling, is available only sporadically, Miller has found. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 14 July 2021 What makes these steaks so special is the marbling. The Editors, Robb Report, 10 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of marbling

1686, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Marbling.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2022.

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