Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as cipollino.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

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

Etymologies

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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.

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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