Word : marrow
1. The soft fatty tissue in the interior of bones.
2. The inmost, best, or essential part.
3. Any of various squashes in green or creamy-white colors.
4. A helper, co-worker, friend, or a spouse.
For 1-3: From Old English mearg/mearh. Earliest documented use: around 1150.
For 4: Of unknown origin. Earliest documented use: 1440.
“Unlike most birds, a kiwi even has marrow in its bones.”
Rachel Dixon; A Night With the Kiwis; The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia); Jul 30, 2011.
“Steven Spielberg has a reputation as a saccharine film-maker but he can chill you to the marrow when he wants to.”
Spielberg Makes the Epic Feel Intimate Yet Again; Irish Independent (Dublin, Ireland); Jul 19, 2011.
“The big secrets behind mammoth marrows and colossal cucumbers will be unveiled at a gardening show.”
Sam Casey; Grower Peter Really Knows His (Giant) Onions; Yorkshire Evening Post (UK); Jul 30, 2011.
“Poor man, he’s good enough to be a marrow for anybody!”
William Chambers and Robert Chambers; Chambers’s Journal of Popular Literature, Science and Arts (London, UK); Jan-Jun 1861.
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