pel-, pelo- +

(Greek: mud, earth, clay)

Don't confuse this pel- unit with another pel- group meaning "push, beat, strike, knock, drive".

pelite
A sediment or sedimentary rock composed of fine fragments; such as, clay or mud.
pelochthophile
In biology, any organism (plant and/or animal) that dwells and thrives in mud-banks.
pelochthophilous
Existing, dwelling, and thriving in mud-banks.
pelochthophily
The dwelling and thriving of organisms in mud-banks.
pelochthophyte
A mud-bank plant.
pelocole (verb), pelocoles; pelocoled; pelocoling: clay
Living, or thriving, in habitats that are rich in clay.
pelogenous
Mud-producing or clay-producing.
peloid
1. Mudlike or similar to mud.
2. A therapeutic mud preparation; such as, that which is used in mud packs or mud baths.
pelology
1. The study of mud and its therapeutic applications.
2. The study of mud and similar substances.
pelopathist
Someone who is skilled in the therapeutic uses of mud.
pelopathy, pelopathic
1. The therapeutic use of earth or mud to cure a disease.
2. The application of peloids; such as, mud, peat moss, or clay, to all or part of the body.

Also known as pelotherapy.

pelophile
1. Any creature thriving in habitats rich in clay.
2. A plant growing in mud or clay.
pelophilous
1. The thriving of creatures in habitats rich in clay.
2. Vegetation growing in mud or clay.
pelophily
1. In biology, thriving in habitats rich in clay.
2. A plant growing in mud or clay.
pelophobia (s) (noun) (no plural)
A horror of being personally dirty or objects being filthy: Daniel was overly conscious of taking a shower every day and being very clean and tidy, and his friends joked about him having pelophobia!

Mrs. Hathaway, affected by pelophobia, always had her sports car vacuumed and washed every other day because she never wanted to have any dust or even mud visible on it!

Cross references of word families related directly, or indirectly, to: "land, ground, fields, soil, dirt, mud, clay, earth (world)": agra-; agrest-; agri-; agro-; argill-; choro-; chthon-; epeiro-; geo-; glob-; lut-; myso-; pedo-; rhyp-; soil-; sord-; terr-.