marl

marl
marl1 [märl]
n.
[ME < OFr marle < ML margila (> Ger mergel), dim. of L marga, marl < Gaul]
1. a mixture of clay, sand, and limestone in varying proportions, that is soft and crumbly and usually contains shell fragments
2. any loose, earthy, crumbly deposit
vt.
to cover or fertilize with marl
marly
adj.
marl2 [märl]
vt.
[Du marlen, prob. freq. < MDu marren, to lash, bind, akin to MHG merren, to hinder, fasten < IE base * mer-, to disturb, anger > MAR1]
to wind marline around (rope), taking a hitch at each turn

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  • Marl — Marl, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Marled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Marling}.] [Cf. F. marner. See {Marl}, n.] To overspread or manure with marl; as, to marl a field. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Marl — Marl, n. [OF. marle, F. marne, LL. margila, dim. of L. marga marl. Originally a Celtic word, according to Pliny, xvii. 7: Quod genus terr[ae] Galli et Britanni margam vocant. [root]274.] A mixed earthy substance, consisting of carbonate of lime,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Marl — Marl, v. t. [See {Marline}.] (Naut.) To cover, as part of a rope, with marline, marking a pecular hitch at each turn to prevent unwinding. [1913 Webster] {Marling spike}. (Naut.) See under {Marline}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • marl — [ma:l US ma:rl] n [U] 1.) soil consisting of ↑lime and ↑clay 2.) cloth which has pale threads running through another colour ▪ a jacket available in black or grey marl …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • marl — clayey soil used for fertilizer, late 14c., from O.Fr. marle (Mod.Fr. marne), from L.L. marglia, dim. of L. 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.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • marl — Ⅰ. marl [1] ► NOUN ▪ an unconsolidated sedimentary rock or soil consisting of clay and lime, formerly used as fertilizer. ORIGIN Old French marle, from Latin marga, of Celtic origin. Ⅱ. marl [2] ► NOUN ▪ a mottled yarn or fabric …   English terms dictionary

  • Marl — Marl, so v.w. Mergel …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

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