marl

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English marle, from Old French marle, from Late Latin margila, 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.
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book I”, in Paradise Lost. [], London: [] [Samuel Simmons], [], OCLC 228722708; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: [], London: Basil Montagu Pickering [], 1873, OCLC 230729554:
      ... uneasie steps / Over the burning Marle, not like those steps / On Heavens Azure...
    • 1955, Robert Herman Bogue, The chemistry of portland cement, page 39:
      Important marl and marine-shell deposits are worked in Michigan, Virginia, and Florida.
    • 1975, Saul Bellow, Humboldt's Gift [Avon ed., 1976, p. 231]:
      The surroundings were unearthly. It was not a fish setting—only bare rock, no trees, pungent sagebrush, and marl dust floating when a truck passed.
    • 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. (transitive) To cover with the earthy substance called marl.

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

  1. (nautical) To cover, as part of a rope, with marline, marking a peculiar hitch at each turn to prevent unwinding.
    Synonym: marline
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  1. ^ Douglas Harper (2001–2022), “marl”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.

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marl

  1. Alternative form of marle