marlacious

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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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]

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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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