- a mixture of clay, sand, and limestone in varying proportions, that is soft and crumbly and usually contains shell fragments
- any loose, earthy, crumbly deposit
Origin: Middle English from Old French marle from Midieval Latin margila (from source German mergel), diminutive of Classical Latin marga, marl from Gaulish
- marly adjective
Origin: Du marlen, probably frequentative from Middle Dutch marren, to lash, bind, akin to Middle High German merren, to hinder, fasten from Indo-European base an unverified form mer-, to disturb, anger from source mar
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Origin: Middle English marle, from Old French, from Medieval Latin margila, marla, diminutive of Latin marga, marl, of Celtic origin.
- marlˈy adjective
marl - Science Definition
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