or mar·lin, mar·ling

[ mahr-lin ]
/ ˈmɑr lɪn /

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for marline


marlin less commonly marling (ˈmɑːlɪŋ)

/ (ˈmɑːlɪn) /


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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