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Light rope made of two strands, used for binding larger ropes.
- ‘Tarred marline is jute twine treated with a tarred solution for water resistance.’
- ‘Start a permanent whipping by pushing a needle threaded with waxed marline through the rope a couple of inches from the end.’
- ‘One of our suppliers located the Manila rope and the tarred marline that was needed for the job.’
- ‘Once considered a part of everyday life by traditional sailors, authentic tarred hemp marline is now a rare product.’
Late Middle English: from Middle Low German marling, with the ending influenced by line.
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