- a soft, crumbly, grayish-white limestone
- a soft, chalky loam formed from this
- a mixture of clay and chalk used in making bricks
Origin of malmMiddle English malme ; from Old English mealm-, sand, akin to Gothic malma, sand, Old Norse malmr, ore ; from Indo-European base an unverified form mel-, to grind from source mill
- A soft, crumbly, chalky, grayish limestone.
- An artificial mixture or chalk, clay, and sand, from which bricks are made. The resulting bricks have a light brown or yellowish color.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
From Middle English malme (sand), from Old English mealm, mealmstÄn (sandstone); from or related to Old Norse malmr (ore, metal). From the same Proto-Indo-European root as meal.