oligotrophy

[ol-i-go-truh-fee]

noun Ecology.

the state of being oligotrophic, or deficient in nutrients but high in oxygen.

Origin of oligotrophy

First recorded in 1700–10; oligo- + -trophy
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Word Origin and History for oligotrophy
n.

1928, from oligo- "small, little" + -trophy "food, nourishment." Related: Oligotrophic.

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