EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun . Geology a friable earthy deposit consisting of clay and calcium carbonate, used especially as a fertilizer for soils deficient in lime. 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 forms mar·la·cious , [mahr- ley-sh uh s] /mɑrˈleɪ ʃəs/ marl·y, adjective
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But let us oppose to their works the group of trees on the left in Turner's
Marly excursions were exceedingly expensive to the King.
Everybody who was at
Marly hastened as he was best able to Saint Cloud.
Marly, the King repeated to all the Court what he had said.
There were several balls at
Marly, but the majority were not masquerades. British Dictionary definitions for marly 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 marlacious ( mɑːˈleɪʃəs) or marly, adjective Word Origin for marl
C14: via Old French, from Late Latin
margila, diminutive of Latin marga verb nautical to seize (a rope) with marline, using a hitch at each turn Word Origin for marl
marlyn to bind; related to Dutch marlen to tie, Old English mārels cable
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Word Origin and History for marly 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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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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