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oligotrophy

[ol-i-go-truh-fee] /ˌɒl ɪˈgɒ trə fi/
noun, Ecology
1.
the state of being oligotrophic.
Origin
1700-1710
1700-10; oligo- + -trophy
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Examples from the web for oligotrophy
  • Secchi readings and chlorophyll levels indicated oligotrophy.
  • Trophic status is generally viewed as a continuum extending from oligotrophy to eutrophy with no interim breakpoints.
Word Origin and History for oligotrophy
n.

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

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