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marlin1

[mahr-lin] /ˈmɑr lɪn/
noun, plural (especially collectively) marlin (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) marlins.
1.
any large, saltwater game fish of the genera Makaira and Tetrapterus, having the upper jaw elongated into a spearlike structure.
Origin of marlin1
1915-1920
1915-20, Americanism; short for marlinespike

marlin2

[mahr-lin] /ˈmɑr lɪn/
noun
1.

Marlin

[mahr-lin] /ˈmɑr lɪn/
noun
1.
a male given name.

marline

or marlin, marling

[mahr-lin] /ˈmɑr lɪn/
noun, Nautical
1.
small stuff of two-fiber strands, sometimes tarred, laid up left-handed.
Origin
1375-1425; late Middle English merlin. See marl2, line1
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  • This range of sea-cliff extends with little variation all the way to marlin, though at nothing like the same altitude.

    On an Irish Jaunting-car Samuel G. Bayne
  • All of which accounts for his quick conquering of a marlin swordfish.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
  • Say, Jack, you expect to use that same little marlin, I hope; for whats the good of a gun when you wont make it squeal?

  • marlin are not food fish, and they are thrown to the sharks.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
  • But his belief was, as Mr. marlin wished it to be, that the forester had taken him only as a last resort.

  • A number of well-known sportsmen watched him take this marlin.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
  • Early next morning he was at headquarters, where Mr. marlin introduced him to the half dozen men who were to serve under him.

  • You've got a rifle like mine, Jim; the marlin you don't use.

    Laramie Holds the Range Frank H. Spearman
British Dictionary definitions for marlin

marlin

/ˈmɑːlɪn/
noun (pl) -lin, -lins
1.
any of several large scombroid food and game fishes of the genera Makaira, Istiompax, and Tetrapturus, of warm and tropical seas, having a very long upper jaw: family Istiophoridae Also called spearfish
Word Origin
C20: from marlinespike; with allusion to the shape of the beak

marline

/ˈmɑːlɪn/
noun
1.
(nautical) a light rope, usually tarred, made of two strands laid left-handed
Word Origin
C15: from Dutch marlijn, from marren to tie + lijn line
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Word Origin and History for marlin
n.

large marine game-fish, 1917, shortening of marlinspike fish (1907), from marlinspike, name of a pointed iron tool used by sailors (see marlinspike). The fish was so called from the shape of its elongated upper jaw.

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