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marlinespike

[mahr-lin-spahyk]
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noun Nautical.
  1. a pointed iron implement used in separating the strands of rope in splicing, marling, etc.
Also mar·lin·spike, mar·ling·spike [mahr-ling-spahyk] /ˈmɑr lɪŋˌspaɪk/.

Origin of marlinespike

1620–30; orig. marling spike. See marl2, -ing1, spike1
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British Dictionary definitions for marlinespike

marlinespike

marlinspike less commonly marlingspike (ˈmɑːlɪŋˌspaɪk)

noun
  1. nautical a pointed metal tool used as a fid, spike, and for various other purposes
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