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English Dictionary: marl by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
marl
n
  1. a loose and crumbling earthy deposit consisting mainly of calcite or dolomite; used as a fertilizer for soils deficient in lime
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Marl \Marl\, n. [OF. marle, F. marne, LL. margila, dim. of L.
      marga marl. Originally a Celtic word, according to Pliny,
      xvii. 7: [bd]Quod genus terr[91] Galli et Britanni margam
      vocant.[b8] [root]274.]
      A mixed earthy substance, consisting of carbonate of lime,
      clay, and sand, in very varivble proportions, and accordingly
      designated as calcareous, clayey, or sandy. See {Greensand}.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Marl \Marl\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Marled}; p. pr. & vb. n.
      {Marling}.] [Cf. F. marner. See {Marl}, n.]
      To overspread or manure with marl; as, to marl a field.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Greensand \Green"sand`\ (-s[?]nd`), n. (Geol.)
      A variety of sandstone, usually imperfectly consolidated,
      consisting largely of glauconite, a silicate of iron and
      potash of a green color, mixed with sand and a trace of
      phosphate of lime.
  
      Note: [hand]Greensand is often called {marl}, because it is a
               useful fertilizer. The greensand beds of the American
               Cretaceous belong mostly to the Upper Cretaceous.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Marl \Marl\, v. t. [See {Marline}.] (Naut.)
      To cover, as part of a rope, with marline, marking a pecular
      hitch at each turn to prevent unwinding.
  
      {Marling spike}. (Naut.) See under {Marline}.
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