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

Word History


Ukrainian gleĭ clayey earth; akin to Old English clǣg clay — more at clay

First Known Use

1927, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gley was in 1927

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“Gley.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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