Geology. a friable earthy deposit consisting of clay and calcium carbonate, used especially as a fertilizer for soils deficient in lime.
verb (used with object)
to fertilize with marl.
verb (used with object), Nautical.
to wind (a rope) with marline, every turn being secured by a hitch.
[mahr-lin] /ˈmɑr lɪn/
small stuff of two-fiber strands, sometimes tarred, laid up left-handed.
a fine-grained sedimentary rock consisting of clay minerals, calcite or aragonite, and silt: used as a fertilizer
(transitive) to fertilize (land) with marl
(nautical) to seize (a rope) with marline, using a hitch at each turn
(nautical) a light rope, usually tarred, made of two strands laid left-handed
“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.
A crumbly mixture of clays, calcium and magnesium carbonates, and remnants of shells that forms in both freshwater and marine environments.
[mahrl-stohn] /ˈmɑrlˌstoʊn/ noun 1. an indurated . /ˈmɑːlaɪt/ noun 1. a type of marl that contains clay and calcium carbonate and is resistant to the decomposing action of air
[mahr-lin-spahyk] /ˈmɑr lɪnˌspaɪk/ noun, Nautical. 1. a pointed iron implement used in separating the strands of rope in splicing, marling, etc. /ˈmɑːlɪnˌspaɪk/ noun 1. (nautical) a pointed metal tool used as a fid, spike, and for various other purposes n. “pointed iron tool used by sailors to separate strands of rope,” 1620s, from spike (n.) […]
[mahr-luh n] /ˈmɑr lən/ noun 1. a male given name.
[mahr-loh-vee-uh n] /mɑrˈloʊ vi ən/ adjective 1. of, relating to, or characteristic of Christopher Marlowe or his writings, especially his plays.