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

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

sapropelic, adjective Unabridged
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sapropel (ˈsæprəˌpɛl)
an unconsolidated sludge consisting of the decomposed remains of aquatic organisms, esp algae, that accumulates at the bottoms of lakes and oceans
[C20: from sapro- + -pel from Greek pēlos mud]

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sapropel   (sāp'rə-pěl')  Pronunciation Key 
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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