[ lim-nol-uh-jee ]
/ lɪmˈnɒl ə dʒi /


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 Greek límnē pool, marsh) + -logy
Related formslim·no·log·i·cal [lim-nl-oj-i-kuh l] /ˌlɪm nlˈɒdʒ ɪ kəl/, lim·no·log·ic, adjectivelim·no·log·i·cal·ly, adverblim·nol·o·gist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for limnology


/ (lɪmˈnɒlədʒɪ) /


the study of bodies of fresh water with reference to their plant and animal life, physical properties, geographical features, etc
Derived Formslimnological (ˌlɪmnəˈlɒdʒɪkəl) or limnologic, adjectivelimnologically, adverblimnologist, noun

Word Origin for limnology

C20: from Greek limnē lake
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Word Origin and History for limnology



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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Science definitions for limnology


[ lĭm-nŏlə-jē ]

The scientific study of the organisms living in and the phenomena of fresh water, especially lakes and ponds.
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