noun (1)
mar·​row | \ˈmer-(ˌ)ō, ˈma-(ˌ)rō\

Definition of marrow 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : bone marrow

b : the substance of the spinal cord

2a : the choicest of food

b : the seat of animal vigor

c : the inmost, best, or essential part : core personal liberty is the marrow of the American tradition— Clinton Rossiter

3 chiefly British : vegetable marrow

to the marrow

: very deeply : very much : completely and thoroughly I was wet and chilled to the marrow, till I felt more dead than alive.— Jack London


noun (2)

Definition of marrow (Entry 2 of 2)

chiefly Scotland

: one of a pair

Other Words from marrow

Noun (1)

marrowy \ ˈmar-​ə-​wē \ adjective

First Known Use of marrow

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun (2)

1516, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for marrow

Noun (1)

Middle English marowe, from Old English mearg; akin to Old High German marag marrow, Sanskrit majjan

Noun (2)

Middle English marwe, marrow

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mar·​row | \ˈmer-ō \

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mar·​row | \ˈmar-(ˌ)ō, -ə(-w) \

Medical Definition of marrow 

2 : the substance of the spinal cord

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