marl

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From Old French marle from Late Latin marglia, diminutive of marga (marl).[1]

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marl (countable and uncountable, plural marls)

  1. A mixed earthy substance, consisting of carbonate of lime, clay, and possibly sand, in very variable proportions, and accordingly designated as calcareous, clayey, or sandy.
    • 1955, Robert Herman Bogue, The chemistry of portland cement, page 39:
      Important marl and marine-shell deposits are worked in Michigan, Virginia, and Florida.
    • 2004, Peter Porter, “Why Did Dante Pick on Suicides”, in Afterburner:
      Those loved unhappy shades whom Dante turned / To sticks and marl

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marl (third-person singular simple present marls, present participle marling, simple past and past participle marled)

  1. To cover, as part of a rope, with marline, marking a peculiar hitch at each turn to prevent unwinding.

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  1. ^ “marl”, Online Etymology Dictionary.