sapropel

noun

sap·​ro·​pel
ˈsaprəˌpel
plural -s
1
: a slimy sediment of marine, estuarine, or lacustrine deposition consisting largely of organic debris derived from aquatic plants and animals
2

Word History

Etymology

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

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“Sapropel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sapropel. Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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