oligotrophic

[ol-i-goh-trof-ik, -troh-fik]
adjective Ecology.
  1. (of a lake) characterized by a low accumulation of dissolved nutrient salts, supporting but a sparse growth of algae and other organisms, and having a high oxygen content owing to the low organic content.

Origin of oligotrophic

First recorded in 1925–30; oligo- + trophic
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British Dictionary definitions for oligotrophic

oligotrophic

adjective
  1. (of lakes and similar habitats) poor in nutrients and plant life and rich in oxygenCompare eutrophic
Derived Formsoligotrophy (ˌɒlɪˈɡɒtrəfɪ), noun

Word Origin for oligotrophic

C20: from oligo- + Greek trophein to nourish + -ic
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oligotrophic in Science

oligotrophic

[ŏl′ĭ-gō-trōfĭk, -trŏfĭk, ō′lĭ-]
  1. Lacking in plant nutrients such as phosphates, nitrates, and organic matter, and consequently having few plants and a large amount of dissolved oxygen throughout. Used of a lake, pond, or stream. Compare dystrophic eutrophic.
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