marbling

noun
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

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Practice the ancient art of Japanese marbling to create a one-of-a-kind piece of art. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Concert featuring local composer to celebrate 50th anniversary of moon landing," 22 June 2019 The dinner menu will include steak-like cuts of pork, including ibérico secreto, which is prized for its marbling. Dallas News, "Spain's famous Jamón Ibérico store chooses Dallas for its first U.S. location," 21 Aug. 2019 The fatty marbling in the meat is the key to the flavor, so a rib-eye or New York strip really doesn’t need any help in the form of a marinade, injection or anything else besides a nice sprinkling of coarse ground black pepper and kosher salt. Chuck Blount, ExpressNews.com, "Wagyu an easily found, upgraded beef-eating experience," 12 Aug. 2019 Practice the ancient art of Japanese marbling to create a one-of-a-kind piece of art. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Concert featuring local composer to celebrate 50th anniversary of moon landing," 22 June 2019 Practice the ancient art of Japanese marbling to create a one-of-a-kind piece of art. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Shelter to Soldier receives Petco grant," 15 June 2019 The marbling when cooked is just enough to retain some of the good tasty fat, while the lean muscle provides a good meaty finish. al.com, "Barbecue tips from Auburn’s Bow & Arrow chefs," 12 June 2019 When the time comes, these ultra-luxe turkeys are hand-plucked, then hung like gamebirds for about a week, which serves to concentrate flavor and tenderize the meat, already succulent with a generous marbling of intramuscular fat. Elizabeth G. Dunn And Matthew Kronsberg, WSJ, "The Battle for Thanksgiving Heats Up," 31 Oct. 2018 Also, only steaks with a lot of marbling benefit from aging, so don't worry about buying dry-aged lean cuts like tenderloin. Nick Kindelsperger, chicagotribune.com, "Why dry-aged steak is superior, and where to buy it in Chicago for cooking at home," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of marbling

1686, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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