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A fine-grained sediment rich in organic matter, formed at the bottom of a body of water.

[sapro- + Greek pēlos, mud.]

sap′ro·pel′ic (-pĕl′ĭk, -pē′lĭk) adj.
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(Microbiology) an unconsolidated sludge consisting of the decomposed remains of aquatic organisms, esp algae, that accumulates at the bottoms of lakes and oceans
[C20: from sapro- + -pel from Greek pēlos mud]
ˌsaproˈpelic adj
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Noun1.sapropel - sludge (rich in organic matter) that accumulates at the bottom of lakes or oceans
goo, goop, guck, gunk, muck, ooze, slime, sludge - any thick, viscous matter
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