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oligotrophic

[ ol-i-goh-trof-ik, -troh-fik ]
/ ˌɒl ɪ goʊˈtrɒf ɪk, -ˈtroʊ fɪk /
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adjective Ecology.
(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.
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Origin of oligotrophic

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

oligotrophic
/ (ˌɒlɪɡəʊˈtrɒfɪk) /

adjective
(of lakes and similar habitats) poor in nutrients and plant life and rich in oxygenCompare eutrophic

Derived forms of oligotrophic

oligotrophy (ˌɒlɪˈɡɒtrəfɪ), noun

Word Origin for oligotrophic

C20: from oligo- + Greek trophein to nourish + -ic
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Scientific definitions for oligotrophic

oligotrophic
[ ŏl′ĭ-gō-trōfĭk, -trŏfĭk, ō′lĭ- ]

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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