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marled

[mahrld] /mɑrld/
adjective
1.
fertilized with marl.
Origin of marled
1600-1610
1600-10; marl1 + -ed3
Related forms
unmarled, adjective

marl1

[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. 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
Related forms
marlacious
[mahr-ley-shuh s] /mɑrˈleɪ ʃəs/ (Show IPA),
marly, adjective

marl2

[mahrl] /mɑrl/
verb (used with object), Nautical
1.
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
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Historical Examples
  • The bolsters under the eyes of the rigging should always be covered with tarred parcelling, marled on.

    The Seaman's Friend Richard Henry Dana
  • They are then "marled" from end to end, and used in various ways, viz.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • There was a marled difference in the tone of the reports brought in from the different armies.

  • In fitting breechings, a thimble is to be spliced into one end, the strands stuck through twice, and marled down.

British Dictionary definitions for marled

marl1

/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
Derived Forms
marlacious (mɑːˈleɪʃəs), marly, adjective
Word Origin
C14: via Old French, from Late Latin margila, diminutive of Latin marga

marl2

/mɑːl/
verb
1.
(nautical) to seize (a rope) with marline, using a hitch at each turn
Word Origin
C15 marlyn to bind; related to Dutch marlen to tie, Old English mārels cable
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Word Origin and History for marled

marl

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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marled in Science
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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