[ sap-ruh-pel ]
/ ˈsæp rəˌpɛl /
mud consisting chiefly of decomposed organic matter formed at the bottom of a stagnant sea or lake.
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
/ (ˈsæprəˌpɛl) /
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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Science definitions for sapropel
[ săp′rə-pĕl′ ]
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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