or spe·lae·ol·o·gy


Origin of speleology

1890–95; < Latin spēlae(um) (see spelaean) + -o- + -logy
Related formsspe·le·o·log·i·cal [spee-lee-uh-loj-i-kuh l] /ˌspi li əˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl/, adjectivespe·le·ol·o·gist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for speleologist



  1. the scientific study of caves, esp in respect of their geological formation, flora and fauna, etc
  2. the sport or pastime of exploring caves
Derived Formsspeleological or spelaeological (ˌspiːlɪəˈlɒdʒɪkəl), adjectivespeleologist or spelaeologist, noun

Word Origin for speleology

C19: from Latin spēlaeum cave
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speleologist in Science


  1. The exploration and scientific study of the geological and ecological features of caves.
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