marl

1
[mahrl]
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

1
1325–75; Middle English marle < Middle Dutch < Old French < Medieval Latin margila, diminutive of Latin marga, said to be < Gaulish
Related formsmar·la·cious [mahr-ley-shuh s] /mɑrˈleɪ ʃəs/, marl·y, adjective

marl

2
[mahrl]
verb (used with object) Nautical.
  1. to wind (a rope) with marline, every turn being secured by a hitch.

Origin of marl

2
1400–50; late Middle English marlyn to ensnare; akin to Old English mārels cable. See moor2

marline

or mar·lin, mar·ling

[mahr-lin]
noun Nautical.
  1. 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 marling

marl

1
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
Derived Formsmarlacious (mɑːˈleɪʃəs) or marly, adjective

Word Origin for marl

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

marl

2
verb
  1. nautical to seize (a rope) with marline, using a hitch at each turn

Word Origin for marl

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

marline

marlin less commonly marling (ˈmɑːlɪŋ)

noun
  1. 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 marling

marl

n.

"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.

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marling in Science

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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