One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A sticky waterlogged soil lacking in oxygen, typically grey to blue in colour.‘an overlying bed of cemented gley’count noun ‘the soils are predominantly peaty gleys’
- ‘Seasonal water-table variation is invoked to account for the formation of characteristic gley soils.’
- ‘There is no record of more humid climate indicators (e.g. coals, gley sols, etc.).’
- ‘The names used - gley podsol, for example - are not in common use and are difficult to define in a few words.’
- ‘The mottling does not have the classic red and grey colours of gley soils, typically formed in waterlogged soils.’
1920s: from Ukrainian, ‘sticky blue clay’; related to clay.
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