- Geology. a friable earthy deposit consisting of clay and calcium carbonate, used especially as a fertilizer for soils deficient in lime.
- Archaic. earth.
- to fertilize with marl.
Origin of marl1
- to wind (a rope) with marline, every turn being secured by a hitch.
Origin of marl2
Examples from the Web for marl
The Marl was darting about madly, seeking, seeking a thing like itself.
I believed the other Marl—no, the Pat—because I wanted to believe.
Was I the only Marl who metamorphosed into this state of rational entity?
The Marl's whole existence was that of sickness—of loneliness, which is fear.
The other Marl perceived me, darted frantically toward me, then slowed.
- a fine-grained sedimentary rock consisting of clay minerals, calcite or aragonite, and silt: used as a fertilizer
- (tr) to fertilize (land) with marl
- nautical to seize (a rope) with marline, using a hitch at each turn
Word Origin and History for marl
"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.
- A crumbly mixture of clays, calcium and magnesium carbonates, and remnants of shells that forms in both freshwater and marine environments.