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marlinespike

[mahr-lin-spahyk] /ˈmɑr lɪnˌspaɪk/
noun, Nautical.
1.
a pointed iron implement used in separating the strands of rope in splicing, marling, etc.
Also, marlinspike, marlingspike
[mahr-ling-spahyk] /ˈmɑr lɪŋˌspaɪk/ (Show IPA)
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Origin of marlinespike
1620-1630
1620-30; orig. marling spike. See marl2, -ing1, spike1
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British Dictionary definitions for marlinespike

marlinespike

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