marl

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[ mahrl ]
/ mɑrl /

noun

Geology. a friable earthy deposit consisting of clay and calcium carbonate, used especially as a fertilizer for soils deficient in lime.
Archaic. earth.

verb (used with object)

to fertilize with marl.

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Origin of marl

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1325–75; Middle English marle < Middle Dutch < Old French < Medieval Latin margila, diminutive of Latin marga, said to be < Gaulish

OTHER WORDS FROM marl

mar·la·cious [mahr-ley-shuh s] /mɑrˈleɪ ʃəs/, marl·y, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for marly (1 of 2)

marl1
/ (mɑːl) /

noun

a fine-grained sedimentary rock consisting of clay minerals, calcite or aragonite, and silt: used as a fertilizer

verb

(tr) to fertilize (land) with marl

Derived forms of marl

marlacious (mɑːˈleɪʃəs) or marly, adjective

Word Origin for marl

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

British Dictionary definitions for marly (2 of 2)

marl2
/ (mɑːl) /

verb

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
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Scientific definitions for marly

marl
[ märl ]

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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