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marl1

[mahrl] /mɑrl/
noun
1.
Geology. a friable earthy deposit consisting of clay and calcium carbonate, used especially as a fertilizer for soils deficient in lime.
2.
Archaic. earth.
verb (used with object)
3.
to fertilize with marl.
Origin of marl1
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English marle < Middle Dutch < Old French < Medieval Latin margila, diminutive of Latin marga, said to be < Gaulish
Related forms
marlacious
[mahr-ley-shuh s] /mɑrˈleɪ ʃəs/ (Show IPA),
marly, adjective

marl2

[mahrl] /mɑrl/
verb (used with object), Nautical.
1.
to wind (a rope) with marline, every turn being secured by a hitch.
Origin
1400-50; late Middle English marlyn to ensnare; akin to Old English mārels cable. See moor2
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Examples from the Web for marl
Historical Examples
  • Was I the only marl who metamorphosed into this state of rational entity?

    Cogito, Ergo Sum John Foster West
  • The marl's whole existence was that of sickness—of loneliness, which is fear.

    Cogito, Ergo Sum John Foster West
  • The marl was darting about madly, seeking, seeking a thing like itself.

    Cogito, Ergo Sum John Foster West
  • The other marl perceived me, darted frantically toward me, then slowed.

    Cogito, Ergo Sum John Foster West
  • I believed the other marl—no, the Pat—because I wanted to believe.

    Cogito, Ergo Sum John Foster West
  • This cement is made of limestone and clay, or marl, chalk, and slag.

    Diggers in the Earth Eva March Tappan
  • There should be no confusion of a lime marl with the so-called "green sand" marl.

  • She offered, however, the watch, and the countenance of Mr. marl lost its gloom.

    Camilla Fanny Burney
  • If your halliards are belayed to cleats, marl them to the cleat.

    On Yachts and Yacht Handling Thomas Fleming Day
  • England is not a country of granite and marble, but of chalk, marl, and clay.

    Fresh Fields

    John Burroughs
British Dictionary definitions for marl

marl1

/mɑːl/
noun
1.
a fine-grained sedimentary rock consisting of clay minerals, calcite or aragonite, and silt: used as a fertilizer
verb
2.
(transitive) to fertilize (land) with marl
Derived Forms
marlacious (mɑːˈleɪʃəs), marly, adjective
Word Origin
C14: via Old French, from Late Latin margila, diminutive of Latin marga

marl2

/mɑːl/
verb
1.
(nautical) to seize (a rope) with marline, using a hitch at each turn
Word Origin
C15 marlyn to bind; related to Dutch marlen to tie, Old English mārels cable
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Word Origin and History for marl
n.

"clayey soil used for fertilizer," late 14c., from Old French marle (Modern French marne), from Late Latin marglia, diminutive of Latin marga "marl," which is said by Pliny to be a Gaulish word, but modern Celtic cognates are considered to be borrowed from English or French. As a verb by late 14c. Medieval Latin margila is the source of Dutch mergel, German Mergel.

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marl in Science
marl
  (märl)   
A crumbly mixture of clays, calcium and magnesium carbonates, and remnants of shells that forms in both freshwater and marine environments.
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