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  • n. A soft, crumbly, chalky, grayish limestone.
  • n. An artificial mixture or chalk, clay, and sand, from which bricks are made. The resulting bricks have a light brown or yellowish color.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A kind of brick of a light brown or yellowish color, made of sand, clay, and chalk.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Earth containing a considerable quantity of chalk in fine particles; a calcareous loam, constituting in the southeastern counties of England a soil especially suited for the growth of hops; a kind of earth suitable for making the best quality of brick without any addition.
  • n. [capitalized] The name used in Germany, and frequently by geologists writing in English on the geology of that country, for the uppermost of the three divisions of the Jurassic series, all of which at an early day received English provincial names, namely Lias, Dogger, and Malm.
  • n. plural Bricks made of malm earth, or of the artificial malm prepared by mixing clay with chalk.
  • Composed of malm or calcareous loam: as, malm lands.
  • Soft; mellow.
  • Peaceable; quiet.
  • To handle with sticky hands; “paw.”
  • To mix (clay and chalk) for making bricks.


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From Middle English malme (sand), from Old English mealm, mealmstān (sandstone); from or related to Old Norse malmr (ore, metal). From the same Proto-Indo-European root as meal.



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  • "7. To handle with sticky hands; “paw.”"

    --Century Dictionary

    March 30, 2011

  • Citation at quoinage.

    January 13, 2009

  • eOE tr. Orosius Hist. (BL Add.) IV. xiii. 113 Hit bith eac geornlic thæt mon heardlice gnide thone hnescestan mealmstan æfter thæm thæt he thence thone soelestan hwetstan on to geræceanne.

    April 26, 2008