[ fi-nol-uh-jee ]

  1. 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

First recorded in 1880–85; contracted variant of phenomenology, with restriction to climatic phenomena

Other words from phenology

  • phe·no·log·i·cal [feen-l-oj-i-kuhl], /ˌfin lˈɒdʒ ɪ kəl/, adjective
  • phe·no·log·i·cal·ly, adverb
  • phe·nol·o·gist, noun

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How to use phenology in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for phenology


/ (fɪˈnɒlədʒɪ) /

  1. the study of recurring phenomena, such as animal migration, esp as influenced by climatic conditions

Origin of phenology

C19: from pheno (menon) + -logy

Derived forms of phenology

  • phenological (ˌfiːnəˈlɒdʒɪkəl), adjective
  • phenologist, noun

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Scientific definitions for phenology


[ fĭ-nŏlə-jē ]

  1. 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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