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Etymology 1Edit

From Irish.


marla (uncountable)

  1. (Ireland) Plasticine; modelling clay.
    • 1996, Thomas Kinsella, Model School, Inchicore, Collected Poems, 1956-1994, page 229,
      Miss Carney handed us out blank paper and marla,
      old plasticine with the colours
      all rolled together into brown.
    • 1997, Catherine Dunne, In the Beginning, page 107,
      As she sits and plays with Damien, she feels her legs start to tremble from the effort. Her knees seem to disappear.
      Plasticine legs, she says to Damien. Old marla legs.

Etymology 2Edit

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marla (plural marlas)

  1. (Australia) The rufous hare-wallaby, Lagorchestes hirsutus, a small desert marsupial of Australia.
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