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noun Geology.
  1. a mottled soil in which iron compounds have been oxidized and reduced by intermittent water saturation.
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Origin of gley

1925–30; < Ukrainian gleĭ clayey earth; cognate with Byelorussian, Russian dialect gleĭ, Serbo-Croatian glêj; akin to clay1
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Historical Examples

  • Gley suggested that a female brain was combined with masculine glands of sex.

    A Problem in Modern Ethics

    John Addington Symonds

  • Camus and Gley,60 with crude preparations, had previously obtained a similar result.

British Dictionary definitions for gley



  1. a bluish-grey compact sticky soil occurring in certain humid regions
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Word Origin

C20: from Russian glei clay
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