: a loose or crumbling earthy deposit (as of sand, silt, or clay) that contains a substantial amount of calcium carbonate
marly adjective

Examples of marl in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The coats are oversized, and roomy enough to accommodate hoodies or jumpers layered underneath. Consider this a forever buy, so stick to a neutral color palette like Beckham—think navy, black or gray marl. Emma Spedding, Vogue, 9 Mar. 2023 There are riverine deposits of sand, silt and gravel, as well as outcroppings of limestone and marl. Joseph V Micallef, Forbes, 18 Mar. 2021 In 1998, outside of Fort Wayne, Indiana, a hydraulic excavator at Buesching’s Peat Moss & Mulch stripped back a layer of peat and struck bone in the underlying marl. Peter Brannen, The Atlantic, 22 June 2022 But fashions change, and most observers believe that the limestone and marl here is much better suited to chardonnay than pinot noir. Jay McInerney, Town & Country, 6 June 2021 Inconsistency might also be attributed to differences in microclimates, altitude and soils, with some of the wines coming from limestone, sandstone and marl, and others coming from clay-rich soils. The New York Times News Service Syndicate, The Denver Post, 11 Mar. 2020

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Word History


Middle English, from Anglo-French marle, from Medieval Latin margila, diminutive of Latin marga marl, from Gaulish

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of marl was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Marl.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/marl. Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


: a crumbling earthy deposit (as of sand or clay) that contains a lot of calcium carbonate

Geographical Definition


geographical name

city in the Ruhr district, western Germany population 85,000

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