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First published 1965 (SND Vol. VI).
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MAREEL, n. Also maril, moril; marelde, marild(e) (Jak.). Phosphorescence as seen on the sea on a dark night (Sh. 1866 Edm. Gl., 1908 Jak. (1928), Sh. 1962). [mɑ′ri:l]Sh. 1892 G. Stewart Tales 239:
As bright As the sheenin' mareel o' the sea.
Sh. 1899 J. Spence Folk-Lore 24:
He beheld the creature rushing towards the opposite shore like a streak of mareel.
Sh. 1950 New Shetlander No. 20. 27:
I'da still eenin whan da mareel is sparklin on da trussie belts an da shalder is cryin.

[Norw. morild, O.N. mǫrueldr, id., from marr, sea, + eldr, fire). See Mar, n.2]

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