marlin

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[mahr-lin]
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noun, plural (especially collectively) mar·lin, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) mar·lins.

any large, saltwater game fish of the genera Makaira and Tetrapterus, having the upper jaw elongated into a spearlike structure.

Origin of marlin

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1915–20, Americanism; short for marlinespike

marlin

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[mahr-lin]

noun

Marlin

[mahr-lin]

noun

a male given name.

marline

or mar·lin, mar·ling

[mahr-lin]

noun Nautical.

small stuff of two-fiber strands, sometimes tarred, laid up left-handed.

Origin of marline

First recorded in 1375–1425, marline is from the late Middle English word merlin. See marl2, line1
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British Dictionary definitions for marlin

marlin

noun plural -lin or -lins

any of several large scombroid food and game fishes of the genera Makaira, Istiompax, and Tetrapturus, of warm and tropical seas, having a very long upper jaw: family IstiophoridaeAlso called: spearfish

Word Origin for marlin

C20: from marlinespike; with allusion to the shape of the beak

marline

marlin less commonly marling (ˈmɑːlɪŋ)

noun

nautical a light rope, usually tarred, made of two strands laid left-handed

Word Origin for marline

C15: from Dutch marlijn, from marren to tie + lijn line
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Word Origin and History for marlin
n.

large marine game-fish, 1917, shortening of marlinspike fish (1907), from marlinspike, name of a pointed iron tool used by sailors (see marlinspike). The fish was so called from the shape of its elongated upper jaw.

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