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gley

[gley] /gleɪ/
noun, Geology
1.
a mottled soil in which iron compounds have been oxidized and reduced by intermittent water saturation.
Compare gleization.
Origin
1925-1930
1925-30; < Ukrainian gleĭ clayey earth; cognate with Byelorussian, Russian dialect gleĭ, Serbo-Croatian glêj; akin to clay
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gley

/ɡleɪ/
noun
1.
a bluish-grey compact sticky soil occurring in certain humid regions
Word Origin
C20: from Russian glei clay
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