[hahy-puh-lim-nee-on, -nee-uh n, hip-uh-]

noun, plural hy·po·lim·ni·a [hahy-puh-lim-nee-uh, hip-uh-] /ˌhaɪ pəˈlɪm ni ə, ˌhɪp ə-/.

(in certain lakes) the layer of water below the thermocline.

Origin of hypolimnion

1905–10; hypo- + Greek límn(ē) lake + -ion diminutive noun suffix
Related formshy·po·lim·net·ic [hahy-poh-lim-net-ik, hip-oh-] /ˌhaɪ poʊ lɪmˈnɛt ɪk, ˌhɪp oʊ-/, hy·po·lim·ni·al, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for hypolimnion



the lower and colder layer of water in a lake

Word Origin for hypolimnion

C20: from hypo- + Greek limnion, diminutive of limnē lake
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