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phenology

[fi-nol-uh-jee] /fɪˈnɒl ə dʒi/
noun
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
1880-1885
1880-85; syncopated variant of phenomenology, with restriction to climatic phenomena
Related forms
phenological
[feen-l-oj-i-kuh l] /ˌfin lˈɒdʒ ɪ kəl/ (Show IPA),
adjective
phenologically, adverb
phenologist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for phenologist

phenology

/fɪˈnɒlədʒɪ/
noun
1.
the study of recurring phenomena, such as animal migration, esp as influenced by climatic conditions
Derived Forms
phenological (ˌfiːnəˈlɒdʒɪkəl) adjective
phenologist, noun
Word Origin
C19: from pheno(menon) + -logy
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Word Origin and History for phenologist

phenology

n.

"study of the influence of climate on recurring natural phenomena," 1881, from German (phänologisch, Karl Fritsch, 1853) from Latin phaeno-, from Greek phaino-, from phainein "to show" (see phantasm) + -logy. Related: Phenological (1875).

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phenology
  (fĭ-nŏl'ə-jē)   
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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