[Fr., from L. marmor.] Certain varieties of limestone, of sufficiently compact texture to admit of a polish, are known by the name of marble. It is a beautiful stone, usually white, but frequently colored, and marked with stripes, spots, and shades of different tints. As a building stone, marble is valuable for its great durability ; and being susceptible of a brilliant polish, is largely used for the purposes of art or architectural ornament. Carrara marble, from quarries in North Italy, and Parian marble, from the isle of Paros, are famous for statuary purposes.