[ lim-nol-uh-jee ]

  1. 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

Other words from limnology

  • lim·no·log·i·cal [lim-nl-oj-i-kuhl], /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


/ (lɪmˈnɒlədʒɪ) /

  1. the study of bodies of fresh water with reference to their plant and animal life, physical properties, geographical features, etc

Origin of limnology

C20: from Greek limnē lake

Derived forms of limnology

  • limnological (ˌlɪmnəˈlɒdʒɪkəl) or limnologic, adjective
  • limnologically, adverb
  • limnologist, noun

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Scientific definitions for limnology


[ lĭm-nŏlə-jē ]

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

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