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  1. fertilized with marl.

Origin of marled

First recorded in 1600–10; marl1 + -ed3
Related formsun·marled, adjective


  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)
  1. to fertilize with marl.

Origin of marl1

1325–75; Middle English marle < Middle Dutch < Old French < Medieval Latin margila, diminutive of Latin marga, said to be < Gaulish
Related formsmar·la·cious [mahr-ley-shuh s] /mɑrˈleɪ ʃəs/, marl·y, adjective


verb (used with object) Nautical.
  1. to wind (a rope) with marline, every turn being secured by a hitch.

Origin of marl2

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 marled

Historical Examples

  • They are then "marled" from end to end, and used in various ways, viz.

    The Sailor's Word-Book

    William Henry Smyth

  • There was a marled difference in the tone of the reports brought in from the different armies.

  • In fitting breechings, a thimble is to be spliced into one end, the strands stuck through twice, and marled down.

  • The bolsters under the eyes of the rigging should always be covered with tarred parcelling, marled on.

    The Seaman's Friend

    Richard Henry Dana

British Dictionary definitions for marled


  1. a fine-grained sedimentary rock consisting of clay minerals, calcite or aragonite, and silt: used as a fertilizer
  1. (tr) to fertilize (land) with marl
Derived Formsmarlacious (mɑːˈleɪʃəs) or marly, adjective

Word Origin

C14: via Old French, from Late Latin margila, diminutive of Latin marga


  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 marled



"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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

marled in Science


  1. 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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