marl

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[ mahrl ]
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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)
  1. to fertilize with marl.

Origin of marl

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1325–75; Middle English marle<Middle Dutch <Old French <Medieval Latin margila, diminutive of Latin marga, said to be <Gaulish

Other words from marl

  • mar·la·cious [mahr-ley-shuhs], /mɑrˈleɪ ʃəs/, marly, adjective

Words Nearby marl

Other definitions for marl (2 of 2)

marl2
[ mahrl ]

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

Origin of marl

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1400–50; late Middle English marlyn to ensnare; akin to Old English mārels cable. See moor2

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How to use marl in a sentence

  • The flint hatchets found at St. Acheul, France, were obtained from a gravel bed which lay below twelve feet of sand and marl.

    Man And His Ancestor | Charles Morris
  • It was a bluff or butte of limestone which innumerable years had converted into marl, and for the most part into earth.

    Overland | John William De Forest
  • Half an hour later we crossed the tracks at Verbena and turned into a broad marl road.

    In Search of the Unknown | Robert W. Chambers
  • Why do we not then persuade husbandmen that they should not till land, help it with marl, lime, and compost?

  • A deposit of marl stretches along nearly the whole of its shores and of tolerable breadth.

British Dictionary definitions for marl (1 of 2)

marl1

/ (mɑːl) /


noun
  1. a fine-grained sedimentary rock consisting of clay minerals, calcite or aragonite, and silt: used as a fertilizer

verb
  1. (tr) to fertilize (land) with marl

Origin of marl

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

Derived forms of marl

  • marlacious (mɑːˈleɪʃəs) or marly, adjective

British Dictionary definitions for marl (2 of 2)

marl2

/ (mɑːl) /


verb
  1. nautical to seize (a rope) with marline, using a hitch at each turn

Origin of marl

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C15 marlyn to bind; related to Dutch marlen to tie, Old English mārels cable

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Scientific definitions for marl

marl

[ märl ]


  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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