marlinspike

marlinespike

[mahr-lin-spahyk]
noun Nautical.
a pointed iron implement used in separating the strands of rope in splicing, marling, etc.
Also, marlinspike, marlingspike [mahr-ling-spahyk] .


Origin:
1620–30; orig. marling spike. See marl2, -ing1, spike1

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marlinespike, (less commonly) marlinspike or (less commonly) marlingspike (ˈmɑːlɪnˌspaɪk, ˈmɑːlɪŋˌspaɪk)
 
n
nautical a pointed metal tool used as a fid, spike, and for various other purposes
 
marlinspike, (less commonly) marlinspike or (less commonly) marlingspike
 
n
 
marlingspike, (less commonly) marlinspike or (less commonly) marlingspike
 
n

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