\ ˈmär(-ə)l How to pronounce marl (audio) \

Definition of marl

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


geographical name
\ ˈmärl How to pronounce Marl (audio) \

Definition of Marl (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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marly \ ˈmär-​lē How to pronounce marly (audio) \ adjective

Examples of marl in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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. Eric Asimov, New York Times, "Giving Rosso di Montalcino a Second Look," 27 Feb. 2020 Produced by Kuhn Schweiz AG, the truck is operating in a mountainside quarry in Biel, Switzerland, and is capable of delivering 60 tons of lime and marl. Ben Morse, CNN, "Jump aboard the eDumper, the world's largest electric vehicle," 16 July 2019 His vineyards at Forstberg are higher and steeper, with marl soils. Fortune, "Germany Might Be Producing the Best Pinot Noirs Available Today," 14 July 2019 Among the artifacts found were a gilded silver mummy mask, fragments of mummy cartonnages, canopic cylindrical jars and marl clay and faience cups. Fox News, "Archaeologists in Egypt discover ancient mummification workshop," 2 Oct. 2018 Back in the early 1900s, there was a plant in the area that produced marl, a type of soil that was used as fertilizer and mortar. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The Scuppernong Springs nature hike is delightfully haunting — your kids will love it," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of marl


14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for marl


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

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“Marl.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Mar. 2020.

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