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[mass noun]
An unconsolidated sedimentary rock or soil consisting of clay and lime, formerly used as fertilizer: the ancient right to dig marl for fertilizer [count noun]: the road cuttings show red and green marls
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  • The covering of the basin floor during periods of enhanced moisture conditions allows the deposition of lacustrine sediments such as marls and clays.
  • Basement rocks consist of Tortonian volcanic rocks unconformably overlain by Messinian (uppermost Miocene) marine marls, coral-reef limestones and carbonate breccias.
  • The sediments include lacustrine freshwater limestones, silts, marls, occasional sands and local lignite.


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Apply marl to: small fields were being assiduously marled to produce corn crops
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  • For example, from 1710 to 1715 John Carr of Massingham ‘marled by agreement 240 acres, and was allowed 8s. an acre in return…’.
  • The tenant, moreover, formerly said that he had marled the field thirty years before, but was now positive that this was done in 1809, that is twenty-eight years before the first examination of the field by my friend.
  • The luxuriant growth of wheat on the marled field showed an even more striking difference.


Pronunciation: /ˈmɑːli/
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  • The unit is composed of rhythmically bedded marls, horizons of laminated organic-rich black shales, rare marly limestones, clastic turbidites, and penecontemporaneous slumps.
  • The entire formation is between 12 and 20 m thick, and consists of light grey, marly chalk of varying percentages.
  • The genus obviously preferred environments with slightly deeper water, under quiet, marly sedimentation and a deposition of soft, muddy substrates.


Middle English: from Old French marle, from medieval Latin margila, from Latin marga, of Celtic origin.

Words that rhyme with marl

Amal, Arles, banal, Barisal, Basle, Bhopal, Carl, chorale, corral, dhal, entente cordiale, Escorial, farl, femme fatale, Funchal, gayal, gnarl, halal, Karl, kraal, locale, morale, musicale, Pascal, pastorale, procès-verbal, Provençal, rationale, real, rial, riyal, snarl, Taal, Taj Mahal, timbale, toile, Vaal, Vidal, Waal
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[mass noun, usually as modifier]
A mottled yarn of differently coloured threads, or fabric made from this yarn: blue marl leggings
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  • For the most sumptuous layering for relaxing at home, wear slouchy drawstring trousers, cami and an oversized wrap-around cardigan in grey marl cashmere mix.
  • That grey marl hoodie, £25, is a man's item.
  • Josh pulled the collar of his grey marl coat up to shield his neck from the onslaught of bitter winds.


Late 19th century: shortening of marbled.

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