Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Marcellus, Marcus Claudius 268?-208 B.C. Roman general who in the Second Punic War took Syracuse (212) and Capua (211).

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  • proper n. A male given name; of mainly historical use in English.

Etymologies

The name of a Plebeian Roman gens, also borne by early Christian saints; Latin diminutive of Marculus, from Marcus. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Unidentified Man #5: Marcellus is pretty sure there's something rotten around here.

    Something Rotten In The Facebook Status

  • Marcellus is pretty sure something's rotten around here.

    Hamlet (Facebook News Feed Edition)

  • "To think that the ancestors came up here never knowing what was under here, even my own parents, and just up to three years ago, the word Marcellus was nothing to us," said John Benscoter of Auburn Township.

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  • RECEIVING: SW TEXAS ST-Lee Davis 3-21, Justin Marcellus 2-19, Jason

    NCAA Division I College Football - Southwest Texas vs. Minnesota

  • A sizable portion of the southwestern part of New York state sits atop a geological formation called the Marcellus shale, where fracking is believed to be productive.

    Christie Proposes Hold on 'Fracking'

  • Your editorial "The Non-Green Jobs Boom" Nov. 26 referring to the Marcellus shale production in Pennsylvania omits mentioning the massive collateral benefits that demand notice.

    Beneficial Side Effects of Non-Green, Shale-Gas Jobs

  • The study, which will be published this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, tested drinking-water wells that sit atop a huge gas-bearing rock formation called the Marcellus Shale.

    Drilling Is Tied to Gas in Eastern Well Water

  • New drilling techniques have made it possible for energy companies to extract natural gas from a layer of rock deep underground called the Marcellus Shale, and the companies have paid Pennsylvania property owners billions of dollars since 2008 for the right to do so.

    Shale Gas Fuels Legal Boom

  • WASHINGTON—U.S. energy officials have cut their natural-gas-resource estimates, saying there is far less gas in a region known as the Marcellus Shale than previously thought.

    Whack to Estimate for Natural Gas

  • In October, meanwhile, Republican Pat Toomey called the Marcellus "the biggest economic opportunity for Pennsylvania in a hundred years."

    Rendell's Frack Attack

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