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Marl Latin, argill'; German, märgel; Spanish and Italian, marga; Armoric, marg; Irish, Marla; Welsh, marl.
Marlow Both Sir Charles Marlow and his son Young Marlow are characters in She Stoops to Conquer, by Goldsmith. Young Marlow is bashful before ladies, but easy enough before women of low degree.
Marmion Ralph de Wilton, being charged with treason, claimed to prove his innocence by the ordeal
of battle, and, being overthrown by Lord Marmion, was supposed to be dead, but was picked up by a
beadsman, who nursed him carefully; and, being restored to health, he went on a pilgrimage to foreign
lands. Now, Lord Marmion was betrothed to Constance de Beverley; and De Wilton to Lady Clare, daughter
of the Earl of Gloucester. When De Wilton was supposed to be dead, Lord Marmion proved faithless
to Constance, and proposed to Clare, having an eye especially to her rich inheritance. Clare rejected
his suit, and took refuge in the convent of St. Hilda, in Whitby; Constance, on the other hand, took the
veil in the convent of St. Cuthbert, in Holy Isle. In time, Constance eloped from the convent, but, being
overtaken, was buried alive in the walls of a deep cell. In the meantime Lord Marmion was sent by
Henry VIII. with a message to James IV. of Scotland, and stopped at the hall of Hugh de Heron for a
night. Sir Hugh, at his request, appointed him a guide to conduct him to the king, and the guide wore
the dress of a palmer. On his return, Lord Marmion hears that Lady Clare is in Holy Isle, and commands
the abbess of Hilda to release her, that she may be placed under the charge of her kinsman, Fitz Clare,
of Tantallon Hall. Here she meets De Wilton, the palmer-guide of Lord Marmion. Lord Marmion being
killed at the battle of Flodden Field, De Wilton married Lady Clare. (Sir Walter Scott.)
Maro Virgil, whose name was Publius Virgilius Maro, was born on the banks of the river Mincio, at the
village of Andes, near Mantua. (B.C. 70-19.)
Sweet Maro's muse, sunk in inglorious rest,Maron or Marron (French). A catspaw (q.v.). Se servir de la patte du chat pour tirer les marrons du feu; in Italian, Cavare i marroni dal fuoco colla zampa del gatto.
Cest ne se point commettre a faire de l'élatMaronites (3 syl.). A Christian tribe of Syria in the eighth century; so called from the monastery of Maron, on the slopes of Lebanon, their chief seat; so called from John Maron, Patriarch of Antioch, in the sixth century.
Maroon A runaway slave sent to the Calabouco, or place where such slaves were punished, as the Maroons of Brazil. Those of Jamaica are the offspring of runaways from the old Jamaica plantations or from Cuba, to whom, in 1738, the British Government granted a tract of land, on which they built two towns. The word is from the verb maroon, to set a person on an inhospitable shore and leave him there (a practice common with pirates and buccaneers). The word is a corruption of Cimarron, a word applied by Spaniards to anything unruly, whether man or beast. (See Scott: Pirate, xxii.)
Maroon (To). To set a man on a desert island and abandon him there. This marooning was often practised by pirates and buccaneers. (See above.)
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