sapropel

[sap-ruh-pel]

Origin of sapropel

1905–10; sapro- + -pel < Greek pēlós mud
Related formssap·ro·pel·ic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for sapropel

sapropel

noun
  1. an unconsolidated sludge consisting of the decomposed remains of aquatic organisms, esp algae, that accumulates at the bottoms of lakes and oceans
Derived Formssapropelic, adjective

Word Origin for sapropel

C20: from sapro- + -pel from Greek pēlos mud
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sapropel in Science

sapropel

[săprə-pĕl′]
  1. An unconsolidated ooze consisting mainly of putrefied plant remains and found in anaerobic areas at the bottom of swamps, lakes, and shallow seas.
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