noun Geology.

a mottled soil in which iron compounds have been oxidized and reduced by intermittent water saturation.

Compare gleization.

Origin of gley

1925–30; < Ukrainian gleĭ clayey earth; cognate with Byelorussian, Russian dialect gleĭ, Serbo-Croatian glêj; akin to clay1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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a bluish-grey compact sticky soil occurring in certain humid regions

Word Origin for gley

C20: from Russian glei clay
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