gley

noun, often attributive
\ ˈglā How to pronounce gley (audio) \

Definition of gley

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

Other Words from gley

gleyed \ ˈglād How to pronounce gley (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of gley

1927, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gley

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

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“Gley.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gley. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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