- Geol. a soft, crumbly mixture of clay, sand, and limestone in varying proportions, typically containing shell fragments
- any loose, earthy, crumbly deposit
Origin of marlMiddle English ; from Old French marle ; from Medieval Latin margila (from source German mergel), diminutive of Classical Latin marga, marl ; from Gaulish
Origin of marlDutch 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
transitive verbmarled, marl·ing, marls
Origin of marlMiddle English marle, from Old French, from Medieval Latin margila, marla, diminutive of Latin marga, marl, of Celtic origin.
(countable and uncountable, plural marls)
(third-person singular simple present marls, present participle marling, simple past and past participle marled)