One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Oceanography and Limnology. Of sea or lake water: turbid. Chiefly in "nepheloid layer"noun a layer of water, typically near the bottom, containing suspended mineral particles and organic matter.
Mid 19th century (in an earlier sense). From post-classical Latin nepheloides from ancient Greek νεϕελοειδής cloudy (of urine) from νεϕέλη cloud + -οειδής.
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