Marl



[mahrl] /mɑrl/

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. .
verb (used with object)
3.
to fertilize with marl.
[mahrl] /mɑrl/
verb (used with object), Nautical.
1.
to wind (a rope) with marline, every turn being secured by a hitch.
/mɑːl/
noun
1.
a fine-grained sedimentary rock consisting of clay minerals, calcite or aragonite, and silt: used as a fertilizer
verb
2.
(transitive) to fertilize (land) with marl
/mɑːl/
verb
1.
(nautical) to seize (a rope) with marline, using a hitch at each turn
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.
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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