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[lim-nol-uh-jee] /lɪmˈnɒl ə dʒi/
the scientific study of bodies of fresh water, as lakes and ponds, with reference to their physical, geographical, biological, and other features.
Origin of limnology
1890-95; limno- (combining form representing Greek límnē pool, marsh) + -logy
Related forms
[lim-nl-oj-i-kuh l] /ˌlɪm nlˈɒdʒ ɪ kəl/ (Show IPA),
limnologic, adjective
limnologically, adverb
limnologist, noun Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for limnology


the study of bodies of fresh water with reference to their plant and animal life, physical properties, geographical features, etc
Derived Forms
limnological (ˌlɪmnəˈlɒdʒɪkəl), limnologic, adjective
limnologically, adverb
limnologist, noun
Word Origin
C20: from Greek limnē lake
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Word Origin and History for limnology

study of lakes and fresh water, 1892, with -logy + limno-, comb. form of Greek limne "pool of standing water, tidal pool, marsh, lake," from PIE root *(s)lei- "slime" (see slime (n.)). The science founded and the name probably coined by Swiss geologist François-Alphonse Forel (1841-1912). Related: Limnological; limnologist.

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limnology in Science
The scientific study of the organisms living in and the phenomena of fresh water, especially lakes and ponds.
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