- a pointed iron implement used in separating the strands of rope in splicing, marling, etc.
Origin of marlinespike
marlinspike less commonly marlingspike (ˈmɑːlɪŋˌspaɪk)
- nautical a pointed metal tool used as a fid, spike, and for various other purposes
Word Origin and History for marlinspike
"pointed iron tool used by sailors to separate strands of rope," 1620s, from spike (n.) + Middle Dutch marlijn "small cord," from marlen "to fasten or secure (a sail)," probably frequentative of Middle Dutch maren "to tie, moor" (see moor (v.)). Influenced in Dutch by Dutch lijn "line" (n.).