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MAR-MO'RE-AN, a. [L. marmoreus.]

  1. Pertaining to marble.
  2. Made of marble.


An animal resembling the opossum, but less; the Didelphis Murina, of Cayenne and Surinam. Instead of a bag, this animal has two longitudinal folds near the thighs, which serve to inclose the young. Dict. Nat. Hist.


A small monkey. Shak.

MAR'MOT, n. [It. marmotta.]

A quadruped of the genus Arctomys, allied to the murine tribe. It is about the size of the rabbit, and inhabits the higher region of the Alps and Pyrenees. The name is also given to other species of the genus. The woodchuk of North America is called the Maryland marmot. Ed. Encyc.

MA-ROON', n.

A name given to free blacks living on the mountains in the West India isles.

MA-ROON', v.t.

To put a sailor ashore on a desolate isle, under pretense of his having committed some great crime. Encyc.


Put ashore on a desolate isle.

MARQUE, or MARK, n. [Fr.]

  1. Letters of marque are letters of reprisal; a license or extraordinary commission granted by a sovereign of one state to his subjects, to make reprisals at sea on the subjects of another, under pretense of indemnification for injuries received. Marque is said to be from the same root as marches, limits, frontiers, and literally to denote a license to pass the limits of a jurisdiction on land, for the purpose of obtaining satisfaction for the theft by seizing the property of the subjects of a foreign nation. I can give no better account of the origin of this word. Lunier.
  2. The ship commissioned for making reprisals.

MAR-QUEE', n. [Fr.]

An officer's field tent. [See Markee.]

MAR'QUET-RY, n. [Fr. marqueterie, from marque, marqueter, to spot.]

Inlaid work; work inlaid with variegations of fine wood, shells, ivory and the like.

MAR-QUIS, n.1 [Fr. id.; Sp. marques; It. marchese; from march, marches, limits. See Marches.]

A title of honor in Great Britain, next to that of duke. Originally, the marquis was an officer whose duty was to guard the marches or frontiers of the kingdom. The office has ceased, and marquis is now a mere title conferred by patent. Encyc.


A marchioness. [Obs.] Shak.


The seigniory, dignity, or lordship of a marquis.

MAR'RED, pp.

Injured; impaired.

MAR-RER, n. [from mar.]

One that mars, hurts or impairs. Aschem.

MAR'RI-A-BLE, a. [for Marriageable. Not used.]

MAR'RIAGE, n. [Fr. mariage, from marier, to marry, from mari, a husband; L. mas, maris; Sp. maridage.]

  1. The act of uniting a man and woman for life; wedlock; the legal union of a man and woman for life. Marriage is a contract both civil and religious, by which the parties engage to live together in mutual affection and fidelity, till death shall separate them. Marriage was instituted by God himself for the purpose of preventing the promiscuous intercourse of the sexes, for promoting domestic felicity, and for securing the maintenance and education of children. Marriage is honorable in all, and the bed undefiled. Heb. xiii.
  2. A feast made on the occasion of marriage. The kingdom of heaven is like a certain king, who made marriage for his son. Matt. xxii.
  3. In a Scriptural sense, the union between Christ and his church by the covenant of grace. Rev. xix.


  1. Of an age suitable for marriage; fit to be married. Young persons are marriageable at an earlier age in warm climates than in cold.
  2. Capable of union. Milton.


Contract or agreement on which a marriage is founded.

MAR'RI-ED, pp. [from marry.]

  1. United in wedlock.
  2. adj. Conjugal; connubial; as, the married state.


One who marries.

MAR'RING, ppr.

Injuring; impairing.

MAR'ROW, n. [Sax. merg, mearh; D. merg; G. mark; Dan. marv; Sw. märg; Corn. maru; Ir. smir and smear; W. mêr, marrow; Ch. מרא mera, to make fat; Ar. to be manly. See Marl.]

  1. A soft oleaginous substance contained in the cavities of animal bones.
  2. The essence; the best part.
  3. In the Scottish dialect, a companion; fellow; associate; match. Tusser.

MAR'ROW, v.t.

To fill with marrow or with fat; to glut.


  1. A bone containing marrow, or boiled for its marrow. L'Estrange.
  2. The bone of the knee; in ludicrous language. Dryden.