gley

gley

[gley]
noun Geology.
a mottled soil in which iron compounds have been oxidized and reduced by intermittent water saturation.
Compare gleization.


Origin:
1925–30; < Ukrainian gleĭ clayey earth; cognate with Byelorussian, Russian dialect gleĭ, Serbo-Croatian glêj; akin to clay

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gley or glei (ɡleɪ)
 
n
a bluish-grey compact sticky soil occurring in certain humid regions
 
[C20: from Russian glei clay]
 
glei or glei
 
n
 
[C20: from Russian glei clay]

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