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gley

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Pronunciation: /ɡleɪ
 
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Definition of gley in English:

noun

Soil Science
A sticky waterlogged soil lacking in oxygen, typically grey to blue in colour: an overlying bed of cemented gley [count noun]: the soils are predominantly peaty gleys
More 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.).

Origin

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

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