Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A whitish marble from Rome, containiing pale greenish zones. It consists of calcium carbonate, with zones and cloudings of talc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A whitish marble, from Rome, containiing pale greenish zones. It consists of calcium carbonate, with zones and cloudings of talc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as cipollino.

Etymologies

From Italian cippollino ("a little onion"), from cipolla ("onion") (compare English cibol). So called because its veins consist, like onions, of different strata, one lying upon another. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • “Here, a covering of Paros marble; here, a ceiling painted by Eugene Delacroix; here, a mosaic flooring formed of rare wood from the isles; here, a chimney-piece in cipolin marble.”

    Balzac

  • "Here is a veneering of Parian marble"; "Here is a mantelpiece in cipolin marble"; "Here is a ceiling painted by Eugene Delacroix."

    Honore de Balzac, His Life and Writings

  • "Here, a covering of Paros marble; here, a ceiling painted by Eugene Delacroix; here, a mosaic flooring formed of rare wood from the isles; here, a chimney-piece in cipolin marble."

    Balzac

  • The fine _ambones_; the very peculiar and beautiful galleries, with delicate columns, like a triforium on either side of choir for women; the choir with splendid episcopal seat and pale cipolin benches -- Tadema like -- for priests all round.

    The Spirit of Rome

  • Delacroix; here, a mosaic flooring formed of rare wood from the isles; here, a chimney-piece in cipolin marble. "

    Balzac

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