Definition of gley in English:

gley

noun

Soil Science
  • 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’
    • ‘The names used - gley podsol, for example - are not in common use and are difficult to define in a few words.’
    • ‘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 mottling does not have the classic red and grey colours of gley soils, typically formed in waterlogged soils.’

Origin

1920s: from Ukrainian, sticky blue clay; related to clay.

Pronunciation:

gley

/ɡleɪ/