marlin spike
Marline Mar"line, n. [LG. marlien, marling, or D. marling, marlijn, fr. D. marren to tie, prob. akin to E. moor, v., and lijn line: cf.F. merlin. See {Moor}, v., {Line}.] (Naut.) A small line composed of two strands a little twisted, used for winding around ropes and cables, to prevent their being weakened by fretting. [1913 Webster]

{Marline spike}, {Marling spike} (Naut.), an iron tool tapering to a point, used to separate the strands of a rope in splicing and in marling. It has an eye in the thick end to which a lanyard is attached. See {Fid}. [Written also {marlin spike}]

{Marline-spike bird}. [The name alludes to the long middle tail feathers.] (Zo["o]l.) (a) A tropic bird. (b) A jager, or skua gull. [1913 Webster]


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