- the science dealing with the influence of climate on the recurrence of such annual phenomena of animal and plant life as budding and bird migrations.
Origin of phenology
1880–85; syncopated variant of phenomenology, with restriction to climatic phenomena
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Examples from the Web for phenology
The study of the relations between weather and crops is really a branch of a science of broader254 scope, known as phenology.Meteorology
Charles Fitzhugh Talman
A study of phenology would throw much light on the failure of pears to ripen properly.The Pears of New York
U. P. Hedrick
Changes in the phenology of growth from year to year according to weather conditions were noted.
- the study of recurring phenomena, such as animal migration, esp as influenced by climatic conditions
C19: from pheno (menon) + -logy
Word Origin and History for phenology
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The scientific study of cyclical biological events, such as flowering, breeding, and migration, in relation to climatic conditions. Phenological records of the dates on which seasonal phenomena occur provide important information on how climate change affects ecosystems over time.
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