marling

marl

1 [mahrl]
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. earth.
verb (used with object)
3.
to fertilize with marl.

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

marlacious [mahr-ley-shuhs] , marly, adjective
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marl

2 [mahrl] ,
verb (used with object) Nautical.
to wind (a rope) with marline, every turn being secured by a hitch.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English marlyn to ensnare; akin to Old English mārels cable. See moor2

marline

[mahr-lin]
noun Nautical.
small stuff of two-fiber strands, sometimes tarred, laid up left-handed.
Also, marlin, marling [mahr-ling] .


Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English merlin. See marl2, line1

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marl1 (mɑːl)
 
n
1.  a fine-grained sedimentary rock consisting of clay minerals, calcite or aragonite, and silt: used as a fertilizer
 
vb
2.  (tr) to fertilize (land) with marl
 
[C14: via Old French, from Late Latin margila, diminutive of Latin marga]
 
marlacious1
 
adj
 
'marly1
 
adj

marl2 (mɑːl)
 
vb
nautical to seize (a rope) with marline, using a hitch at each turn
 
[C15 marlyn to bind; related to Dutch marlen to tie, Old English mārels cable]

marline, (less commonly) marlin or (less commonly) marling (ˈmɑːlɪn, ˈmɑːlɪŋ)
 
n
nautical a light rope, usually tarred, made of two strands laid left-handed
 
[C15: from Dutch marlijn, from marren to tie + lijn line]
 
marlin, (less commonly) marlin or (less commonly) marling
 
n
 
[C15: from Dutch marlijn, from marren to tie + lijn line]
 
marling, (less commonly) marlin or (less commonly) marling
 
n
 
[C15: from Dutch marlijn, from marren to tie + lijn line]

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marl
"clayey soil used for fertilizer," 1372, from O.Fr. marle (Fr. marne), from L.L. marglia, dim. of marga, which is said by Pliny to be a Gaulish word, but modern Celt. cognates are considered to be borrowed from Eng. or Fr.
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marl   (märl)  Pronunciation Key 
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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