Definition of gley in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɡlā/


Soil Science
A sticky waterlogged soil lacking in oxygen, typically gray to blue in color.
Example sentences
  • The mottling does not have the classic red and grey colours of gley soils, typically formed in waterlogged soils.
  • Seasonal water-table variation is invoked to account for the formation of characteristic gley soils.
  • There is no record of more humid climate indicators (e.g. coals, gley sols, etc.).


1920s: from Ukrainian, literally 'sticky blue clay'; related to clay.

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Syllabification: gley

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