sapropel

[ sap-ruh-pel ]
/ ˈsæp rəˌpɛl /

noun

mud consisting chiefly of decomposed organic matter formed at the bottom of a stagnant sea or lake.

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Origin of sapropel

1905–10; sapro- + -pel<Greek pēlós mud

OTHER WORDS FROM sapropel

sap·ro·pel·ic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for sapropel

sapropel
/ (ˈsæprəˌpɛl) /

noun

an unconsolidated sludge consisting of the decomposed remains of aquatic organisms, esp algae, that accumulates at the bottoms of lakes and oceans

Derived forms of sapropel

sapropelic, adjective

Word Origin for sapropel

C20: from sapro- + -pel from Greek pēlos mud
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Scientific definitions for sapropel

sapropel
[ săprə-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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