sapropel

noun sap·ro·pel \ˈsaprəˌpel\

Definition of sapropel

plural

-s

  1. 1 :  a slimy sediment of marine, estuarine, or lacustrine deposition consisting largely of organic debris derived from aquatic plants and animals

  2. 2 :  kerogen

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Origin and Etymology of sapropel

International Scientific Vocabulary sapr- + -pel (from Greek pēlos clay, mud) — more at pel-


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