- a mottled soil in which iron compounds have been oxidized and reduced by intermittent water saturation.
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 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.
- a bluish-grey compact sticky soil occurring in certain humid regions
Word Origin for gley
C20: from Russian glei clay
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