limnology [lim- nol- uh-jee] Word Origin See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com the scientific study of bodies of fresh water, as lakes and ponds, with reference to their physical, geographical, biological, and other features. Origin of limnology 1890–95; limno-
(combining form representing
pool, marsh) +
-logy Related forms lim·no·log·i·cal , [lim-nl- oj-i-k uh l] /ˌlɪm nlˈɒdʒ ɪ kəl/ lim·no·log·ic, adjective lim·no·log·i·cal·ly, adverb lim·nol·o·gist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for limnology the study of bodies of fresh water with reference to their plant and animal life, physical properties, geographical features, etc Derived Forms limnological ( ˌlɪmnəˈlɒdʒɪk) əl or limnologic, adjective limnologically, adverb limnologist, noun Word Origin
C20: from Greek
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Word Origin and History for limnology n.
study of lakes and fresh water, 1892, with
-logy + limno-, comb. form of Greek limne "pool of standing water, tidal pool, marsh, lake," from PIE root *(s)lei- "slime" (see slime (n.)). The science founded and the name probably coined by Swiss geologist François-Alphonse Forel (1841-1912). Related: Limnological; limnologist.
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The scientific study of the organisms living in and the phenomena of fresh water, especially lakes and ponds.
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