gley

[ gley ]
/ gleɪ /

noun Geology.

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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gley

glei

/ (ɡleɪ) /

noun

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

Word Origin for gley

C20: from Russian glei clay
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