Marl meaning

märl
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(geol.) A soft, crumbly mixture of clay, sand, and limestone in varying proportions, typically containing shell fragments.
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Any loose, earthy, crumbly deposit.
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A crumbly mixture of clays, calcium and magnesium carbonates, and remnants of shells that is sometimes found under desert sands and used as fertilizer for lime-deficient soils.
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To fertilize with such a mixture.
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To cover or fertilize with marl.
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To wind marline around (rope), taking a hitch at each turn.
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A crumbly mixture of clays, calcium and magnesium carbonates, and remnants of shells that forms in both freshwater and marine environments.
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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.
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To cover, as part of a rope, with marline, marking a peculiar hitch at each turn to prevent unwinding.
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Origin of marl

  • Middle English marle from Old French from Medieval Latin margila, marla diminutive of Latin marga marl of Celtic origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French marle from Late Latin marglia, diminutive of marga (“marl").

    From Wiktionary