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clayey

[kley-ee] /ˈkleɪ i/
adjective, clayier, clayiest.
1.
covered or smeared with clay.
2.
like or resembling clay.
3.
full of or abounding in clay.
Also, clayish.
Origin
1050
before 1050; Middle English cleii, Old English clǣig; see clay1, -ey1
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Examples from the web for clayey
  • Recognize that water flows through sandy soils faster than it does through clayey soils.
  • These soils formed in sandy outwash overlying clayey lacustrine deposits.
  • These soils formed in clayey material weathered from igneous bedrock.
Word Origin and History for clayey
adj.

Old English clæig, from contracted compound of clæg (see clay) + -ig (see -y (2)).

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