As we watched it we suddenly became aware of another rolling along the short rough turf and over the shaley paths.
To assume, too, that gravelly and shaley soils are always well drained often leads directly contrary to the truth.
1747, possibly a specialized use of Middle English schale "shell, husk, pod" (late 14c.), also "fish scale," from Old English scealu (see shell (n.)) in its base sense of "thing that divides or separate," in reference to the way the rock breaks apart in layers. Cf. Middle English sheel "to shell, to take off the outer husk" (late 15c.). Geological use also possibly influenced by German Schalstein "laminated limestone," and Schalgebirge "layer of stone in stratified rock."
A sedimentary rock formed from layers of clay.