There are 2 definitions of marl in English:

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Syllabification: marl
Pronunciation: /märl
 
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noun

An unconsolidated sedimentary rock or soil consisting of clay and lime, formerly used typically as fertilizer.
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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.

verb

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Apply marl to.
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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.

Origin

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

Derivatives

marly

adjective
More example sentences
  • 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.

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noun

[mass noun, usually as modifier]
A mottled yarn of differently coloured threads, or fabric made from this yarn: blue marl leggings

Origin

late 19th century: shortening of marbled.

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