gley


gley

noun, often attributive \ˈglā\

Definition of GLEY

:  a sticky clay soil or soil layer formed under the surface of some waterlogged soils
gleyed adjective

Origin of GLEY

Ukrainian gleĭ clayey earth; akin to Old English clǣg clay — more at clay
First Known Use: 1927

gley

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Sticky clay soil or soil layer formed under the surface of some waterlogged soils. Characteristic of poorly drained areas, gley soils contain reduced amounts of iron and other elements and are gray and mottled in colour.

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