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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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,, "Why dry-aged steak is superior, and where to buy it in Chicago for cooking at home," 14 June 2018 Look for good marbling, the white specs of fat within the muscle of the steak. Nancy Stohs, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "5 meats to master on the grill: We went back to school to learn the best techniques," 29 May 2018 Just as in Europe faux marbling provided a cheaper alternative to stone, the painter here substituted pigments for brocade—eloquent testimony to the preciousness of textiles. Lee Lawrence, WSJ, "‘Dramatic Threads: Textiles of Asia’ Review: The Very Fabric of Asian Societies," 17 Mar. 2018 That same Akaushi — a breed famous for its Kobe-style marbling — made for steak tartare as sleek as an Hermes scarf, a fine grind accessorized with a raw quail egg, capers, dijon mustard and a horseradish rush. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "Review: Fairmount’s Silo Prime a dimmer version of Silo excellence," 8 Mar. 2018 Lean pieces of meat that have little to no fat marbling are best for whole muscle jerky. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: More Wisconsin hunters making their own venison sausage," 17 Feb. 2018 Assoulin took the marbling technique and ran with it, creating a patchwork silk handkerchief dress that was the star of the show, worn with craftsy ceramic jewelry. Booth Moore, The Hollywood Reporter, "When the Runway Is a Party," 14 Feb. 2018 Both pick up a good marbling of char from the grill — gas, not charcoal, but still the smoke goes deep. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, "Uighur Specialties, With Lamb Front and Center, at Kebab Empire," 8 Feb. 2018 In a single afternoon, a packed house sampled ebru art (Turkish marbling), calligraphy and henna demonstrations, an art gallery and food from various Muslim countries. Pioneer Press,, "Niles West High School hosts 'Coming Together' opener celebrating Muslim cultures," 29 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of marbling

1686, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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