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marl1 / märl/ • n. an unconsolidated sedimentary rock or soil consisting of clay and lime, formerly used typically as fertilizer. • v. [tr.] (often be marled) apply marl to. DERIVATIVES: marl·y adj. marl2 • v. Naut. fasten with marline or other light rope; wind marline around (a rope), securing it with a half hitch at each turn.

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marl A pelagic or hemipelagic sediment (an arl), typically found interbedded with purer oozes in beds up to 1.5 m thick, with a composition intermediate between a non-biogenic sediment and a calcareous or siliceous ooze. It is 30% clay and 70% microfossils, at least 15% of its volume being siliceous microfossils. Compare SARL; and SMARL.

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Marl (city, Germany)

Marl (märl), city (1994 pop. 92,590), North Rhine–Westphalia, W Germany. It is an industrial and mining (coal, lead, and zinc) center, and also supports a number of chemical factories. Now a modern city, Marl was first mentioned in the 9th cent. and was chartered in 1936.

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marl (type of soil)

marl or bog lime, soil, essentially clay mixed with carbonate of lime, highly valued as a dressing or fertilizer. It crumbles rapidly and easily. Marl in which the lime is in the form of invertebrate shells is called shell marl. The term is loosely used for a variety of soils, some of which are low in lime content, e.g., the greensand marl of New Jersey. Marling of soil tends to lighten it, correct acidity, and promote nitrification.

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marl

marl Lime-rich clay, usually found as an alluvial deposit and containing a high proportion of soft calcium carbonate. See also maerl.

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marl

marl kind of clayey soil. XIV. — OF. marle :- medL. margila, f. L. marga.
Hence vb. XIV.

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marlAmal, Arles, banal, Barisal, Basle, Bhopal, Carl, chorale, corral, dhal, entente cordiale, Escorial, farl, femme fatale, Funchal, gayal, gnarl, halal, Karl, kraal, locale, marl, morale, musicale, Pascal, pastorale, procès-verbal, Provençal, rationale, real, rial, riyal, snarl, Taal, Taj Mahal, timbale, toile, Vaal, Vidal, Waal •Stendhal • Heyerdahl • housecarl •cantal • hartal • Wiesenthal •Lilienthal • neanderthal • Emmental •Hofmannsthal • Wuppertal •Transvaal • Roncesvalles • Kursaal

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