- a pointed iron implement used in separating the strands of rope in splicing, marling, etc.
Also mar·lin·spike, mar·ling·spike [mahr-ling-spahyk] /ˈmɑr lɪŋˌspaɪk/.
Origin of marlinespike
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marlinspike less commonly marlingspike (ˈmɑːlɪŋˌspaɪk)
- nautical a pointed metal tool used as a fid, spike, and for various other purposes